Heartbroken shelter dog would cry every night in her kennel—but what other dogs did—staff record it

December 27, 2017 1:50 pm Last Updated: December 28, 2017 7:03 am

Some dogs adjust to living at a shelter better than others.

When Baby arrived at the Montgomery County Animal Services & Adoption Center in Derwood, Maryland, she was understandably upset. To cope, Baby would cry in her kennel every night. MCASAC worked hard to find Baby a loving home and thanks to a video of the dog that went viral, Baby found her forever home just in time for Christmas.

Baby is a 7-year-old pooch who has only known one family.

Posted by Montgomery County Animal Services & Adoption Center on Thursday, December 21, 2017

One day Baby’s owner dropped her off at MCASAC. It was the only family she ever had; however, due to less than ideal circumstances the family felt as though they could no longer care for the dog.

The shelter shared a heart-wrenching video of Baby in her kennel at night. They wrote that while she was “very sweet and mild mannered,” she had trouble adjusting to living in the shelter.

Every night Baby would cry in her kennel.

Hannah Carl, the program administrator at MCASAC, told TODAY that Baby has plenty of toys in her kennel and is willing to play during the day, but it’s the nighttime that makes her upset.

“When Baby started to cry, our dog kennels, which are normally very loud, became very quiet,” Carl said. “All the other dogs stopped barking, so it was just the sound of Baby’s whining.”

The shelter posted the video with a plea for someone to adopt her.

Posted by Montgomery County Animal Services & Adoption Center on Thursday, December 21, 2017

Shortly after the video had been posted, MCASAC updated their post to share that someone generously sponsored Baby’s adoption fee, so her new family wouldn’t have to pay when they brought her home.

But that still wasn’t enough for Baby to find a new home. The shelter received several inquires online, but still Baby sat at the shelter.

Again, MCASAC asked their followers if someone would be willing to adopt Baby.

Posted by Montgomery County Animal Services & Adoption Center on Thursday, December 21, 2017

“Although Baby may look pathetic when she’s alone crying in her kennel, she’s a fantastic girl with a smile that can light up a room,” they wrote in a Facebook post. “She is a kind and gentle soul who doesn’t deserve to spend a minute longer in the shelter, despite how much we love doting on her here!”

The shelter urged people to visit Baby at the shelter and fill out an application in-person, as that was the only way someone could adopt Baby.

After nearly a month of living in the shelter, Baby found her forever home.

Posted by Montgomery County Animal Services & Adoption Center on Sunday, December 24, 2017

Finally, just before Christmas, Baby received the best news ever—she was getting a new home. The shelter updated their followers on Christmas Eve that Baby had finally been adopted and would be spending Christmas in a loving home.

The shelter also took the happy moment to thank everyone for sharing Baby’s story and remind them that there are dozens of other “deserving animals” with similar stories who are waiting for their forever home.