Footage has surfaced online of a young dog on her shelter’s equivalent of death row giving a distressing reaction to her kennel door being opened.

The video was posted three days ago to TikTok by The Foster Adopt Rescue (FAR) Network, a channel dedicated to shining a light on euthanasia-listed animals across the U.S. In the clip, a 1-year-old terrier and American pit-bull mix can be seen clawing at her cage, excited to see her new visitor. That quickly changes, though.

A shelter dog undergoes an alarming transformation.
From left: The 1-year-old terrier and American pit bull mix reacts badly to her door being opened. The shelter dog remains in serious danger of being euthanized.
The FAR Network

The person behind The FAR Network TikTok page told Newsweek that the dog in the video is being housed by Fort Worth Animal Care and Control in Texas. She has been categorized as “code red,” meaning she “could be euthanized at any time.”

Each year, 6.3 million pets are surrendered to U.S. shelters, which is an average of 17,260 a day, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The number of dogs and cats taken in by pet shelters hit 46,807 during January 2023, an increase of 1,744 compared with January 2022, the 24Pet ‘Shelter Watch Report’ found. Around 920,000 surrendered animals are euthanized every year.

Shelters are striving to minimize euthanasia rates by promoting adoption campaigns, spaying and neutering programs, and behavior rehabilitation. Unfortunately, dogs are still being euthanized at Fort Worth Animal Care and Control, and this young dog could soon be among them.

Though details are scarce, according to The FAR Network, the young dog in the video was surrendered by their owner “for being destructive outside.” The clip paints a portrait of a dog left badly damaged, emotionally. At the start of the footage, she appears excited at the prospect of meeting someone new.

However, things take a sinister turn, the minute her kennel door is opened. In a distressing development, the dog is seen cowering in the corner, fearful of the person coming into her space.

She relaxes only once they offer a treat and she realizes they are a friend rather than foe. The animal advocate behind The FAR Network said that the dog may have been the victim of abuse given the way she reacted.

“I’ve seen many dogs that act that way that were beaten,” the advocate said. “It’s more common than you think… Animals in Texas are looked at as property.”

Once the animal got warmed up to her visitor, though, she was as happy and playful as any young dog. The advocate added: “She’s only a baby at 12 months old. She loved playing dress-up and was submissive.”

Several organizations, including Code Red Rescue and Code Red Animals of Fort Worth Animal Care and Control, have been set up to raise awareness of those dogs and pets running out of time across Texas and other states in the U.S.

The FAR Network was established for much the same reason. “I started this page to spread awareness to the stray population and animals that are at risk of being euthanized,” the person behind it said.

There is still time for this particular dog to avoid the same fate as many before them. The good news is that the FAR Network’s video appears to have got word out, with hundreds of animal lovers taking to the comments section to boost the post.

“Oh my.. she deserves a life of love and safety,” one wrote. “She is absolutely adorable. Praying this sweet Angel finds her FOREVER loving family,” another commented, while a third urged potential adopters to “run don’t walk” to the canine’s aid.

Whether it will be enough to see this scared young dog get a second change at life, however, remains to be seen.