A video of the sweet moment a shelter dog named Clementine learned she had been adopted has gone viral online.
The adorable clip was posted to TikTok on April 1 by an adoption coordinator named Joe Kay (@adoptingdogs), who wrote, “Congratulations Clementine!!!” The video amassed more than 8.5 million views and thousands of comments from charmed viewers who admitted the viral moment moved them to tears.
The video opens with Kay walking through the shelter with an orange card that reads, “Adopted, please wait.”
” It’s for you ? he asks Clémentine as he approaches his cage. Seeing Kay, Clementine starts going around in circles.
“You’re waiting, honey, you’re waiting,” Kay said as Clementine excitedly jumped around her cage. “You found yourself a forever family.”
The video ends with Kay sitting next to Clementine in her crate, petting the dog as she continues her merry spin.
According to the Humane Society of the United States, “more than one million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized in the United States. [each year]simply because too many animals are coming to shelters and too few people are considering adoption when looking for an animal.”
That number could be reduced “dramatically”, the Humane Society said, if more people choose to adopt their pets rather than buy them from breeders.
“Animal shelters and rescue groups are full of happy, healthy pets just waiting for someone to bring them home. Humane Society explained. “Many are already home-trained and used to living with families.”
The organization also said that by adopting an animal, one person helps countless others.
“Overcrowded shelters take in millions of stray, abused and lost animals every year, and by adopting one animal, you are making room for others,” the Humane Society added.
For example, the shelter Kay works for routinely takes possession of dogs that have been sent to puppy mill breeders to be euthanized, he said. Newsweek. To show that “shelter dogs are also worth adopting,” Kay regularly posts videos on her TikTok page of dogs like Clementine jumping for joy when they learn they’re adopted.
Those who commented on Kay’s Clementine video said the video, along with Kay’s many other posts, moved them to tears.
“I love your page so much it brings tears to my eyes every time,” kitkat1986 wrote.
“I DON’T CRY, I CUT ONIONS,” 222 joked.
“Omg I’m gonna die of happiness,” lia said.
Kerry added, “Not me sitting here crying into my cornflakes.”
In May, it was reported that a shelter dog who had been ignored by countless families in a heartbreaking video had finally found his forever home. And in March, a video of a German Shepherd adopting its owner amassed more than 52 million views on TikTok.