A moving video of an amputee veteran adopting a three-legged German Shepherd has flooded the internet with emotion and racked up more than 12 million views.
Dane Orozco, 42, of Los Angeles, California, lost his leg to an infection in 2016, which revealed that the amputation left him with severe anxiety and depression.
However, he sought solace in his love of dogs – and began visiting his local animal shelter regularly to spend time with the orphaned puppies.
There he met Kane, a sweet German Shepherd who had to undergo his own amputation after being hit by a car. Dane fell “instantly in love” with the puppy, explaining that he knew then and there that he was destined to take the dog home.
Meant to be! Touching video of an amputee veteran adopting a three-legged German Shepherd has gone viral on TikTok, leaving dozens of viewers in tears
Bond: Dane Orozco, 42, of Los Angeles, lost his leg to an infection in 2016 – while his beloved new dog Kane had to have his right front leg amputated after being hit by a car
Now, a video of Dane and Kane heading home to begin their life together has gone viral on TikTok, with thousands of people calling for their story to be filmed — while others admit they were left in tears by their sweet bond.
But behind the heartwarming video, Dane says welcoming Kane into his life has helped him transform his life completely and enabled him to overcome the depression and anxiety he faced after his leg amputation.
“In 2016 I lost my leg due to an infection,” explains Dane. “It has affected me in so many ways, good and bad.
“Mostly bad because I can’t be the man I used to be.
“I can still do things, but it takes more time and extra effort to do the things I want and it causes depression and anxiety every day.
“I went to the shelter to see because I was depressed and the only thing I used to feel happy about was having my dogs.
Preparation: The viral TikTok video details Kane’s story and documents his excitement as he prepared to meet his new owner for the first time
Surprise! Footage filmed by the animal shelter, built up to the big reveal of Kane’s adopter
Close: Dane says adopting Kane ‘changed his life’ and helped him deal with the depression and anxiety caused by his injury
“When I saw Kane, I immediately told myself I would take him home. I fell in love with him instantly. We both amputated our right legs.’
In the video of their meeting, the captions show Kane losing his leg after it was badly broken when he was hit by a car. The puppy is seen lying on the floor and being gently petted by a staff member.
Then it fast-forwards to the next month – and you see an excited Kane eagerly awaiting the arrival of his new dad Dane, before the two are brought together, happily showing off their corresponding injuries to the camera.
They then walk out of the shelter together, ready to start their new life.
Dane’s beloved pet has adapted perfectly to his new life and is growing stronger and more confident every day.
“He sometimes runs like he has all four legs,” Dane said. “He goes everywhere with me, wherever I am, he is never an inch away from me.
New Beginnings: The viral video ends with Dane and Kane walking into the distance to start their new life together
Companion: Dane says he and Kane are now hip-bound – while the sweet pup even accompanies his owner to work
Viral: Dozens of TikTok users left sweet comments on the post, praising the heartwarming ‘bond’ between Dane and Kane
“He has changed my life by making me feel better and he is the therapy I need.
“I can turn to him if I’m not feeling well and I feel better right away.”
The video of the moment they met has had over four million likes and viewers couldn’t keep it together:
One person said, ‘Why this made me cry right away. I can just say they’re going to have a great bond.”
Another added: “I wasn’t going to cry tonight, but here we are.”
Someone else wrote: ‘Make this a movie, please… Their lives leading up to this beautiful moment. Please.’
Dane is blown away by the reaction to the touching video.
He said: ‘I am extremely amazed at how viral this has become and I never thought it would bring so many people so much happiness.
“I’m glad we found each other and that we can be each other’s support.”