Shelter Dog Learns How To Smile To Capture The Hearts Of Adopters

Ending up at an animal shelter doesn’t give a dog much reason to smile, but the staff at Front Street Animal Shelter in Sacramento, California, are highlighting one dog who is doing just that to help her find a forever home.

Riley was brought into their shelter in late December by a homeless person who found her wandering the streets.

The sweet 2-year-old dog is very sociable and smart. But she’s a Pit Bull, and therefore wasn’t about to stand out, what with California shelters overcrowded with Pit Bulls.

That didn’t stop Kennel technician Britney Ridge from falling in love with Riley’s personality and for her to come up with the idea that could help her get adopted. She would teach the dog how to smile.

“My kennel technician, Britney Ridge, fell in love with her personality and for whatever reason thought that Riley was one of those dogs that could smile,” Gina Knepp of Front Street Animal Shelter told The Dodo. “So every day during feeding and cleaning, they would talk to each other.”

The day has come for Riley to show off her beautiful smile to the world so Britney took out her camera and filmed the video below:

Update: Riley’s smile helped her win the heart of that one person who will give her a loving, forever home and she has been adopted!