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A holiday ad from Purina is probably going to make you cry; might also make you adopt.

By Leslie Potter | December 15, 2016

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There’s a fair chance you’ll guess the plotline of this not-quite-three-minute holiday spot from Purina pretty quickly. There’s also a pretty good chance that it won’t matter. Sam the horse’s soulful eyes will melt your heart. His heart wrenching situation—being the last horse left at the adoption farm on Christmas Eve—will draw those first signs of watery eyes that you’re pretty sure you can still fight off.

And then, well, you already know how it’s going to end, but when Christmas morning arrives at Sam’s stall, good luck explaining to your coworkers why you’re sniffling, sobbing and/or bawling at your desk. You may also experience the overpowering urge to go out and adopt a horse as a Christmas present for the young horse lover in your life, whether that’s your own kid or grandkid, your niece or nephew, or that neighbor kid you sort of know who does chalk drawings of ponies on the sidewalk. It would seem like an amazing gift for the child, but you know you’d really be granting a Christmas wish to a deserving horse.

Last Horse at the Rescue

Of course, you probably shouldn’t do this unless you know the family on the receiving end has the knowledge, desire, and wherewithal to own a horse. A better option would be to find a local equine rescue group whose work you support, and donate money, supplies, or some time as a volunteer to help them take care of those horses while they wait for that perfect forever human of their own.

Leslie Potter is a writer and photographer based in Lexington, Kentucky.

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Marion    Sussex, NJ

1/1/2017 5:50:02 AM

Here's to a New Year with less horses being homeless and cast away!

Jenny    Somewhere, CT

12/28/2016 5:33:12 AM

Oh yeah, a tear jerker for sure, but I knew it was going to be a good ending! Congrats Sam and getting your furever home!

Marion    Sussex, NJ

12/23/2016 5:34:28 AM

Just had to watch it again! And even though I knew the outcome, still had a tear rolling down my cheek! Love a happy ending!

Rob    Somewhere, IN

12/22/2016 5:37:48 AM

Yes, it hit a soft spot in my heart too, maybe even a little tear for a man of my age! Reminds me of the look on my daughter's face when she got her first horse!

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