When a puppy ends up at a shelter, it’s often skittish and afraid of strangers. And while animal rescue workers and volunteers do their best to comfort and re-socialize the dogs, puppies have to go through one more traumatic event before they’re ready to be adopted into loving homes: surgery to spay or neuter them.

So at 12 to 16 weeks old, baby Meesha had already been through a lot when she was recently spayed at BARCS Animal Shelter, in Baltimore, Maryland. Once her anesthesia wore off, Meesha started to feel the pain and was obviously frightened. But luckily, Dennis Moses was there to calm the startled pup.

Moses is a surgical assistant at BARCS, but for him, patient care doesn’t end in the operating room. After assisting with surgery, Moses focuses on making sure that each dog is comfortable.

“If you’ve ever had surgery, you wake up, and you’re not sure where you’re at,” Moses told The Dodo, “It’s a scary thing even for dogs and cats, especially being in the shelter and being that young.”

So when baby Meesha started whimpering uncontrollably, Moses took her into the quiet hallway and comforted her with kisses and gentle words. And fortunately, a volunteer just happened to capture the sweet moment on video.

The comfort that Moses shows Meesha will melt your heart.

Within a day of BARCS posting the video, Meesha found a home. The shelter wrote on its Facebook page: “She was spayed yesterday morning. She is doing just fine for adoption today. The new family knows to be extra careful and keep her calm.”

Baby Meesha was coming off her anesthesia and was a little scared because her body felt so weird. BARCS Surgical Assistant Dennis Moses took her out into the quiet hallway to comfort her. One of our awesome volunteers just happened to be walking by to capture this sweet moment. Thank you to Dennis and all the staff who work long, tireless hours in the background of our shelter—saving lives and loving the animals. (Turn on the sound, it will melt your heart!)

Posted by BARCS Animal Shelter on Thursday, February 25, 2016

See Moses’ incredible compassion (and Meesha’s sweetness) in the heartwarming video below.Share this video with anyone who loves animals and also check out Adopt-a-Pet.com to see how you can also help.

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