Touching moment 3-legged German shepherd finds forever home with fellow amputee
A German shepherd with three legs has been rescued by a fellow amputee and the touching moment they met for the first time has gone viral with over 12 million views.
In the clip posted on TikTok, the adorable pooch named Kane can be seen lying on the floor, while being gently stroke by veterinary staff, having sadly just had his front right leg amputated.
The emotional video then fast forwards to one month later, and an excited Kane is seen eagerly awaiting the arrival of his new dad Dane Orozco, 42, from Los Angeles, California, who lost his own leg in 2016.
After, the duo are filmed sitting together before they’re seen walking out of the shelter to start their new life.
Dane said: “I lost my leg in 2016 to an infection.
“It has affected me in so many ways, good and bad.
“Mostly bad because I can no longer be the man I used to be.
“I can still do things but it takes more time and extra effort to do the things I want and it causes depression and anxiety every single day.
“I went to the shelter just to look because I was depressed and the only thing that made me feel happy in the past was having my dogs.
“When I saw Kane I immediately said to myself that I was going to take him home. I instantly fell in love with him.
"We both have our right legs amputated.”
Kane lost his leg as he was hit by a car while living as a stray - but he doesn't let it hold him back.
Dane said: “He runs like he has all four legs sometimes.
“Kane was hit by a car injuring his leg beyond repair and the vets decided to amputate his leg.”
Dane's beloved pet has adjusted perfectly to his new life and every day he gets stronger and more confident.
He said: “He goes with me everywhere I go no matter where I am he's never a few inches from me.
“He has changed my life in that I now feel better and he has been the therapy I've needed.
“I can turn to him when I am feeling down and instantly I feel better.”
The video of the moment they met has had over 4 million likes and viewers were unable to hold it together:
Dane has been blown away by the response to the touching video.
He said: “I am extremely surprised at how viral this has become and I never thought it would bring so much happiness to so many people.
“I am happy we found each other and that we can be each other's crutch.”