Shelter Dog's Gesture Of Thanks Will Make You Happy Cry

When her owner recently passed away, a 4-year-old Labrador named Regan was relocated to a shelter in Lebanon, Tennessee. And like most pups thrust unexpectedly into a stressful environment, she displayed signs of nervousness.

Enter a local woman, Kim Mozena Rezac, who was determined to put the new arrival at ease. In an interview with The Today Show, the 51-year-old animal welfare activist revealed that she spent three days slowly building a bond with those old standbys: scratches and snacks.

"You could tell she was scared and afraid. I would go in and give her treats and sit with her and talk."

Regan quickly came around to Rezac's efforts, rewarding her with a steady stream of tail wags — wags that weren't extended to any of the other employees or volunteers. Still, even with this progress, the sight of the dog cooped up in a cage was heartbreaking:

"I hated for her to be there if she could be curled up on a couch at my house."

So Rezac took it upon herself to foster the good girl until a more permanent home could be arranged.

Into Rezac's car the duo went.

But as they were leaving the parking lot, something amazing happened: Regan extended her paw to the woman's hand and there it stayed for the duration of the their 2-and-a-half-hour journey.

Shelter dog's gesture of thanks will make you happy cry
*slides onion cutting goggles over eyes* 😭
credit: Kim Mozena Rezac / Facebook

Rezac captured the touching gesture in a short video that she subsequently posted to Facebook — and from there it promptly viraled out to the tune of 3.3 million views and 87,000+ shares.

Even better: A huge number of folks offered to adopt the lady lab and after two days at Rezac's, Regan was placed with a new family, where's she said to be thriving.

Watch the sob-inducing reaction in its entirety below:

You guys... So this girl’s person died and she found herself homeless. She was in our shelter for a couple days and I felt sorry for her so I brought her home. How sweet is she????? #jukinmedia

Posted by Kim Mozena Rezac on Wednesday, February 14, 2018

It's enough to make us the think the world isn't a total dumpster fire (I MEAN, HONESTLY, WHAT DID WE EVER DO TO DESERVE DOGS), but it also shines light on a not altogether uncommon dilemma: Where would your pets be go if you were to die unexpectedly?

However somber an exercise, it's good to try and gameplan a solution in advance because, as family members, they deserve nothing less.