A photo of a recently adopted shelter dog leaning affectionately against her new owner has captured the hearts of thousands across the globe.
The photo, posted to Facebook by a Philadelphian shelter volunteer Jamie Holt, shows pooch Russ sitting beside new owner Kayla Filoon, one paw around her waist, its head resting against her shoulder. 
“And THIS right here people is why you should adopt!” the caption reads.
“Talk about being grateful. There are just no words to truly describe the sweetness in this photo.”
The post has since received tens of thousands of reactions and shares.
Ms Holt said the photo was taken just two weeks after Ms Filoon decided to adopt Russ.
Ms Filoon, a university student who happens to be Ms Holt’s niece, told TODAY US she first encountered Russ while volunteering to walk dogs at the Animal Care & Control Team shelter.
The young pit bull at the time was suffering from kennel …