Internet users have been touched by a viral video (below) of the heart-wrenching moment that a dog realized her owners were abandoning her.
Electra, a 4-year-old pit bull mix, is seen crying in a video after she appears to realize her owners were leaving her at an animal shelter, the Daily Mail reports.
Electra was taken to the Inland Valley Humane Society in Pomona, California, on May 17 to be put up for adoption.
The recording, which shows the dog looking through her cage before looking down at the stained carpet, was posted by Lolys Menchaka, who helps the shelter find homes for abandoned animals.
"Electra represents the face of sadness and reality in the shelters," wrote Menchaka in a caption for the clip. "Sometimes I would like to understand owners surrendering their animals and I don't like to judge them, but when you see how the dogs come to the receiving department with their happy faces and they stand all proud I just can't understand."
"This kills me," wrote one of the many commenters who left their thoughts on the video. "Those eyes. She's so scared.The wagging tail. She still wants to give love. Dogs are so selfless."
"I would let her come live with me in a second," wrote another on Facebook. "That's how my dog was when we first got her timid scared of her own shadow if she got scared she would pee there n then it took time but a bit of love no matter what and a lot of patience and she will be an amazing dog just look at them eyes."
"I would have adopted this pupper in a second," commented another. "I hope Electra is in a warm loving home now!"
Electra has reportedly been adopted, after her story touched the hearts of thousands.
Dogs end up in shelters for a number of reasons, often stemming from life changes or owners who weren't prepared for a dog, according to dog owner website Cesar's Way.
The site notes how dogs may be left at shelters because of behavioral issues and lack of training, or because their owners are moving or making another lifestyle change, like having a baby. The site also lists reasons like not having enough time for the dog, the expenses associated with owning a dog, or having allergies to a pet.
Cesar's Way advises potential pet owners to think carefully before they decide to get a dog, so that issues won't arise later that leave the dog in a shelter.
"Dogs are cute and are often purchased or adopted on impulse without much thought going into what is involved as far as training and care," advises the site. "Those who get dogs without realizing what they are committing to are the first to abandon them."
The site recommends alternative solutions to issues that don't involve abandoning a pet, like hiring a dog walker, seeking out new owners for the dog or looking into fostering programs that can help your dog to have a temporary place to live until it finds a permanent home.