saddest dog in the world, Lana
Lana, the saddest dog in the world...


After three years of waiting for a forever home and a failed adoption that resulted in her being returned, Lana, once dubbed the “saddest dog in the world” due to her dejected image going viral on the net, is facing euthanasia on May 20, 2017. This poor dog, like so many others, has been through so much. Animals feel fear, loneliness, sadness and desperation just as humans do. The picture that made the rounds before her adoption in 2016 depicted a depressed Lana slumped over in her kennel, and it was just heartbreaking.

Animal Adoptions

According to Rescue Dogs Match, Lana will turn three on May 14, just two days from now. She’s a beautiful dog that’s been described as a silly, fun girl but not the kind of gal that wants to sleep with her owners or necessarily have her belly rubbed — at least not anytime soon. Lana has probably had some negative experiences in the past and apparently has not had an opportunity to fully adjust and develop progress-wise at a pace that is suitable for her particular situation. Sadly, it could take years before a full sense of trust is established.

Rescue Pets

What Lana needs is a large place for her to be able to play and patient caretakers who will give her the time and emotional space necessary for her to make the transition from sad, isolated rescue dog to integrated pet. According to sources, Lana snapped at her adoptive parent one day while being fed. The details of which weren’t provided, but it appears the incident in question was enough for her owner to return her to the shelter where she awaits adoption or death within the next eight days!

Rescue Dogs Match

“The best family for her would be a mature couple or person that has the time, patience, determination and commitment to help her become more confident,” Rescue Dogs Match wrote on their Facebook page. “She is sweet and silly, that is hard-wired into her character. She is timid, wary of strangers only at first. When she is not around the people she trusts, she has the tendency to shut down or become very hesitant.”

Foster Pet Parenting

Even if you aren’t looking to fully adopt, perhaps you can foster parent for Lana until her forever ship comes in. There’s bound to be somebody out there that would love Lana for who she is, quirks and all. She just needs a little help in life, something all of us could probably say at one time or another in our own lives. If you or someone you know can help, please don’t hesitate. Contact Rescue Dogs Match right now. Lana’s time is almost out.


As of May 16, 2017, it has been reported that, through the assistance of media sharing, Lana has been adopted and has hopefully finally found her forever home. If you previously shared this post, thank you!