The story of the "saddest dog in the world"
Lana, a female Labrador, was born in the streets of Mexico. As a homeless dog, she led a life of wandering and often had to fight with her brothers and sisters over food.
Then one day she was brought all the way to Toronto, where she was taken in by a shelter. "Lana was terrified of everything," recalled Dahlia Ayoub of Mighty Mutts.
Shortly after, she was adopted into a family when she was just five months old. For the first time in her life Lana had finally found a caring home and was so happy being in the good care of a loving family.
But one day while she was being fed, Lana snapped at the mom. It was most likely related to her previous life as the runt of the litter, which made her very protective of her food. But for her family, who had young children, it was way too much. They took Lana back to the animal shelter immediately.
Lana's world fell apart and she fell into a deep depression. At the shelter, she refused to eat or go for walks. The pictures were just heartbreaking.
But then something wonderful happened — Lana was adopted again. She could finally settle down in a loving home once more. And you'd think that was it, the story is bound to have a happy ending now, but actually, nothing ever turns out the way you want it to...
Once again, the family returned Lana to the shelter, a mere three years of age. You can see it was beginning to take its toll on her.
"Lana's adoption did not work out because people want a dog they can pet and play with," said Brenda Dobranski, founder of Rescue Dogs Match. "Lana is a silly fun girl but she is not the type of dog that will let you give belly rubs to and sleep in bed with. She loves to have a job," she continued.
Lana has a very independent character. And after everything she's been through it's completely understandable that she doesn't easily trust people straight away.
But space became an issue at the shelter and an announcement was published to say that if no one came forward to take Lana in, she would have to be put down.
Pictures of Lana and her story went viral on the social networks.
Fortunately, someone finally offered to adopt Lana. She found a home once more. Let’s hope that this time it will be a lasting home!
It's really wonderful that social networks helped connect a dog like Lana with a family. It's important to remember that animals, even domestic ones, aren't simply play objects for us humans. They are individual beings with their own personalities, traumas, worries and fears. Just like us, some of them need to be guided back to happiness and well-being. Let’s be responsible with the animals we adopt — they aren't just toys!