Heartwarming moment Louisiana boy reassures his pit bull rescue dog he is ‘so loved’ after the pet was seized by his abusive previous owners who left him covered in cigarette burns
- Neil, a mix of pit bulls, was taken from an abusive home and sent to a shelter
- He was adopted in 2022 after the rescue, the Companion Animal Alliance near Baton Rouge, Louisiana offered $15 adoptions to promote animal rescues
- According to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 3.1 million dogs go to shelters each year, but only 2 million are adopted
This is the heartwarming moment when a Louisiana boy tells his newly adopted dog he’s safe after the pit bull is rescued from an abusive home.
The moment was filmed by a Baton Rouge mom, who posted it to TikTok in a video that has since been viewed nearly 2 million times.
The video showed the woman’s seven-year-old son stroking their dog on the head and saying, “I know your other owner wasn’t very nice, but we love you.”
The dog, a blonde pit bull mix named Neil, was adopted from the family’s local shelter after being removed from an abusive home that left him covered in cigarette burns.
They adopted Neil after the shelter, Companion Animal Alliance, offered adoptions for just $15 to promote animal rescues. The mother said her son saved his pocket money and paid Neil’s adoption costs himself.
Neil was rescued from a house where his previous owner lit cigarettes on him
In the short clip, Neil could be seen curled up on a couch as the boy knelt in front of him and patted him on the back.
“We love you so much, we would do anything to keep you safe,” the boy said.
As he stroked him again, Neil’s tail could be seen wagging up and down.
“My son wanted a dog of his own and the shelter had $15 adoptions,” the woman captioned the video.
“So we went to the animal shelter! This sweet boy has been confiscated from his owners for abuse.’
The mother, who asked to remain anonymous, posted the video to her account called TheCrazyZoo, apparently a nod to her animal-filled home that she features in her videos.
She said her family already had a few dogs, but her son would have loved to have a dog of his own.
“We had two other dogs before and my son really wanted one,” she told Newsweek. “He paid for Neil with his own money that he earned.
‘Neil feels right at home and part of the family. My son always reminds us that Neil is his dog and that he takes care of him.”
Neil was adopted for just $15 after his shelter offered the deal to promote animal rescues
The seven-year-old boy paid Neil’s adoption fee with money he had saved himself
According to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 3.1 million dogs go to shelters each year, but only 2 million are adopted.
The mother told Newsweek that those numbers motivated her to adopt Neil.
Viewers were equally moved by the video, with many commenting on what $15 bought the family.
“Can you believe you will have years of happiness for what people pay for a Starbucks, thank you so much for saving it,” one wrote.
‘I could cry. He just found a lifelong best friend and that dog will trust you again thanks to your sweet boy!’ said another.
Thanks for adopting! All the shelters are so full and struggling to keep up,” a third commented.