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Veterinarian climbs into crate to comfort abandoned dog in viral video

The pup was in such rough shape, Dr. Mathis feared he would have to put her to sleep.
/ Source: TODAY

Turns out this veterinarian can lend a home and a heart.

A stray dog was first brought to Dr. Andy Mathis, who works at an animal care center in Georgia, by a passerby who found her on a dirt road.

The pup was in such rough shape, Mathis feared he would have to put her to sleep. But after reaching out to his Facebook community, he received an enormous response to try and save the dog — eventually named Graycie Claire by his social media followers.

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Mathis provided status updates on Graycie's health, along with a sweet video that's now going viral.

The video, which has been viewed over 6 million times on the animal care clinic's Facebook page, shows a heartwarming, unexpected act by the veterinarian. Upon realizing Graycie was struggling to eat, Mathis climbed into the crate to comfort her — and brought his own breakfast along, too!

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After the video was posted, social media users went crazy, asking how they could adopt the rescue dog. And it looks like Mathis' moment of compassion paid off: On Tuesday night, the clinic shared new photos of Graycie "moving in the with the big girls."

It's a great temporary stay for now, but Mathis hopes he can place her in a permanent home very soon.