Woman's Heartfelt Plea Leads to Her Dog Being Rescued From a Florida Kill Shelter


Sep. 8 2023, Published 3:22 p.m. ET

The idea that anyone could abandon their precious dog rather than doing everything possible to find them a good home is unthinkable. Thankfully, one woman on TikTok whose ex-boyfriend had taken their dog to a kill shelter was able to help her furry baby find a new home.

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How was this dog rescued from a Florida kill shelter while her former pet parent was in Arizona? We've got all the details, including the happy resolution for the dog. Read on to find out more about this harrowing "tail" turned happy ending.

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One woman's dog was rescued from a Florida kill shelter after she posted a plea to save her.

On TikTok, user LK Rennie, or @notlaurenkimberly, posted on Sept. 6 that her dog Charlie was at an animal shelter in Florida. The first video explained the situation, saying that she now lived in Arizona and couldn't take the dog with her, but she trusted her ex-boyfriend to keep their dog, which she said was "obviously a huge mistake."

LK Rennie stated in the video's description the name of the shelter, Osceola County Animal Services in St. Cloud, and also gave the identification number of her dog. She talked up Charlie, saying she was "an amazing dog" who was vaccinated and spayed, and offered to reimburse the person for adoption fees if anyone would get Charlie out of the shelter.

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The following day, the distraught former pet parent returned to TikTok with the update that Charlie was still residing at the shelter. The caption below the video asked, "Please keep sharing and spreading the word." The video footage included with this second video was heart-rending, as there are multiple scenes of Charlie doing various things, like playing with a toy, acting silly while covered with a blanket, and walking outdoors.

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The third video featuring the shorthaired husky mix brought happier news: someone had heard about the dog and rescued her from the Florida shelter. "Y'all saved Charlie's life," LK Rennie said about the abandoned pup during this video. You can see a photo of Charlie on what LK Rennie called her "freedom ride" away from the shelter with her new pet parent, Dani.

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Social media users were thrilled about Charlie's rescue and adoption.

The more than 2,000 comments on the original video featuring Charlie's adoption information, as well as those who shared either of the videos, helped find Charlie a new home. Commenters after Charlie's rescue were thrilled:

  • "YAY!!!!! Dani is amazing! I’m so happy your dog got adopted and was rescued from that shelter!"
  • "I'm actually crying right now I'm so happy she found a home."
  • "I just commented to see if she was still available ! This warms my heart sm!! ♥️DANI you’re an angel!"

Another video was added shortly after LK Rennie posted the good news. She shared CashApp information for anyone who wanted to donate to help Dani with Charlie's expenses.

What can you do to help shelter dogs?

If stories like Charlie's move you (and let's be honest, who isn't?), there are things you can do to help shelter animals. First of all, plenty of animals need loving homes, so if you can provide a stable and loving environment for a shelter dog or cat, go adopt one!

You can also donate money and supplies like pet food, encourage friends to "adopt, don't shop" for pets, and volunteer your time at rescues or shelters.

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