Heartbroken Pup Returned to Shelter 3 Times Has the Saddest Eyes You’ll Ever See

Sitting inside one of the shelter kennels at the Humane Broward is Zion, a one-year-old Canaan dog breed with a wedge-shaped head and an athletic appearance. But what truly stands out is his dark, almond-shaped eyes filled with immense sadness and confusion over the adoption heartbreaks he’s faced within one year alone. (See video below)

Heartbroken Pup Returned to Shelter 3 Times Has the Saddest Eyes You'll Ever See

Zion possesses all the ideal qualities of the perfect canine companion. Still, he’s seen the shelter’s doorstep more times than most dogs his age. Poor Zion can’t seem to catch a break — he’s found himself back at the shelter for the third time now, and consequently, his big heart has shattered into a million pieces. 

The last three homes he’s been to misunderstood him; they all failed to realize that the depth of love Zion has to offer is as boundless as his energy. In a tear-jerking TikTok video, the Humane Broward shelter in Fort Lauderdale lets viewers in on their relentless pursuit of the ultimate gift for Zion — a forever home that will heal his wounded heart and restore his trust in humanity.

All His Previous Owners Misjudged Him

Heartbroken Pup Returned to Shelter 3 Times Has the Saddest Eyes You'll Ever See

The seconds-long TikTok video posted by @humanebroward a day ago (and accompanied by a lengthy caption) paints a picture of the undeserving heartbreak that Zion is grappling to make sense of. For three different times, he’s seen every family he’s been with so far break the solemn promise that they made to him during adoption; “We’ll be together forever, buddy!” 

You see, Zion is a Canaan, an ancient breed described as loyal, devoted, highly energetic, eager-to-please pets with a playful streak that pairs perfectly with active owners. Nothing makes a Canaan happier and fulfilled more than lots of physical activity and mental stimulation. If these two aren’t part of the equation for their daily routine, your Canaan will likely not be at their best behavior.

Plus, Canaans love to be around their family members and thus don’t do too well when left alone for an extended period. Sadly for Zion, none of his previous owners took the time to understand his needs, and instead, misjudged him for expressing these needs the only way he knew how. 

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Part of the video’s caption reads: “His first family gave him up because he became destructive and cried when he was alone. Another family left him outside 24 hours a day and then complained that he barked too much. Zion has been let down, and now, through no fault of his own, hoping for yet another chance to be the incredible dog that he is. ”

Watch Zion’s story below:

@humanebroward

Oh Zion 💔 He was just being a dog! 🥺 This gorgeous 1-year-old pup is Zion, and sadly, he has been given up 3 times now all because his humans did not understand him 😔 You see, Zion is a Caanan Dog, which is a marvelous working breed that likes to keep busy, be with their people and have lots of time to play, especially with other dogs. They are extremely intelligent, and enjoy learning new things and pleasing their owner (whom they get very attached to). Sadly, Zion was never given a chance to prove any of this 💔 His first family gave him up because he became destructive and cried when he was alone 🥺 Another family left him outside 24 hours a day and then complained that he barked too much 😔 Zion has been let down, and now, through no fault of his own, he is back at our shelter hoping for yet another chance to be the incredible dog that he is! 🙏 Our staff says he is very sweet and gives lots of kisses! He has a great disposition, a fun energy, loves riding in the car and playing with other dogs. He would make an amazing companion for a family that has time to devote to him! Are you that special family? ❤️ If you cannot adopt, please share Zion’s post! 🙏 To meet Zion, please fill out an application at www.humanebroward.com (link is in bio) and then stop by. The shelter is located at 2070 Griffin Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL., the adoption department opens daily at 11 a.m. and can be reached at 954-989-3977 x.6 ❤️ #rescuedog #shelterdog #adoptme #adoptdontshop #dogvideos #dogsoftiktok #florida #fortlauderdale #miami #retrieveroftheday #dogtok #dogsoftheday #dogrescue #dog #fyp #foryou #canaandog #retriever #rescueme #workingdog #foryoupage #doggie #newbeginnings #doglover #shepherd #doglife #workingdogs #puppy

♬ original sound – Humane Society Broward County

Zion Longs to be Adopted for Good

The shelter describes Zion as the sweetest love-bug with a fun-loving attitude and an irresistible urge to shower his favorite human with kisses at any chance he gets. He’s a sucker for car rides and thoroughly cherishes playtime with other dogs.

Heartbroken Pup Returned to Shelter 3 Times Has the Saddest Eyes You'll Ever See

His ideal adopter? Nothing out of the ordinary; just someone with an active lifestyle, who’ll pick up all the pieces of his broken heart by giving him the loving, permanent home he deeply craves. If you’re out there ready to give Zion a fourth, lasting shot at happiness, the Humane Broward is more than eager to hear from you.

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