The Vance County Animal Shelter is getting a lot more attention this week than usual, thanks to a viral video of an animal control officer serenading its residents to calm them down.
The video shows Chad Olds entering the shelter’s adoption room with a guitar around his neck, playing and singing the Alan Jackson song “Like Red on a Rose.”
As Olds makes his way up and down the row of dogs, they stop barking and take in the show. As he distances himself from some of the dogs, the barking resumes until he starts to sing again.
The video, shared to the Friends of Vance County Animal Shelter Facebook page on Tuesday, amassed nearly 400,000 views and more than 11,000 shares by Friday morning.
Olds has worked for Vance County Animal Services about five months, but has worked for other agencies before, according to The Daily Dispatch in Henderson. He said his current responsibilities call for more interaction with the shelter animals than he had in his previous job.
“I had my guitar here, and chief (Frankie Nobles) said, ‘What would happen if we sing to the dogs?’ ” Olds told The Daily Dispatch. “We tried it, and it was amazing. They stopped barking and listened and so we decided to do it again that afternoon and film it.”
Nobles said the video wasn’t about him or Olds.
“It’s about what animals we have here in Vance County,” Nobles told the local newspaper. “If we can get that exposure to them animals, they can get out of here, and that’s what we want. That’s the ultimate goal.”