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Shelter Dog Insists On Holding Rescuer's Hand During Car Ride Home

She knew she was safe β€” and didn't want to let go πŸ’•

The big, wide world can at times feel like a pretty daunting place β€” but certainly much less so when you have a friend. Fortunately for this sweet pup named Regan, she no longer has to face the future alone.

Kim Mozena Rezac

"So this girl’s person died and she found herself homeless," Kim Mozena Rezac, founder of Goofy Foot Dog Rescue in Tennessee, wrote online. "She was in our shelter for a couple days and I felt sorry for her so I brought her home."

Though Regan and Rezac were only recently acquainted, the dog seemed to understand that she now had a faithful companion by her side once again. During her ride to freedom in the passenger seat of Rezac's car, Regan insisted on holding hands with the woman shuttling her to a better life.

"I think she felt secure in touching someone familiar," Rezac told TODAY. "She was so nervous and scared in the shelter but as soon as she jumped into my car she seemed so grateful."

Rezac's video of Regan's sweet gesture has since gone viral, racking up more than 2.6 million views on Facebook. But that's not the end of the story.

TODAY reports that Regan was placed in the loving company of a foster family who, with any luck, will be there to hold the dog's hand — literally and figuratively — until she finds a new forever home of her own.