Man who adopted German shepherd as therapy dog ‘overwhelmed’ with well wishes

When Dane O. visited the Inland Valley Humane Society in Pomona, California, last month, he didn’t think he was actually going to adopt a pet. Little did he know, he’d not only get a very special dog but an unexpected dose of fame, as well.

“I just wanted to go look,” Dane (who declined to give his last name for privacy reasons) told In The Know. “And when I saw Kane, I said, ‘I have to take him. This is the dog that I’m going to take home today.'”

Kane, whose name means “warrior,” is the German shepherd that Dane decided to adopt. And in a viral post on the shelter’s TikTok page, many were able to watch the heartwarming footage.


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Dane had been hoping to find a therapy dog to help him with his depression and anxiety.

“The fact that he had an amputated leg like I do really drew me to him,” Dane added. “I just thought, we have something in common, and I could help him through his pain and discomfort, knowing exactly what he’s going through.”

Kane came to the shelter with a fractured right leg and had been recovering from his amputation for a month before Dane arrived.

“The surgery was tough, but this dog was tougher,” Dr. Angel Auyeung, a veterinarian at the shelter, told In The Know via email. “He was walking around by the end of the very next day!”

After the surgery, they just had to wait “for someone special to come in to connect,” Dr. Auyeung added. “But then someone special did come in. I could not have picked a better owner for this dog. I know they will connect on a deeper level than most.”

With over 12 million views on TikTok, many users wanted to reach out to Dane directly, which was overwhelming for the new pet owner.

“When the shelter posted it, I got literally 700 messages from people trying to thank me personally,” Dane explained. “It was just a little overwhelming.”

While the sudden attention was flattering though “a little out of hand,” Dane said that he’s already built a strong bond with his new therapy dog and couldn’t be happier.

“He helps me out,” Dane said. “I know I can just turn to him and get the love and attention that I need from him.”

Not only that, but Dane can bring Kane to work with him every day, which is exactly what he did immediately after the adoption.

“He just stares at me and waits for me to tell him what to do,” Dane said. “If I get up, he gets up. No matter where I’m at, he’s like my little shadow.”

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