Let’s face it though, stray dogs are often ignored because of the way they look and that becomes the sole reason they’re forced to survive alone. Life on the streets isn’t an easy one for dogs.
It affects their mental, emotional and physical health and they go through so much just trying to find something to eat.
This is where grooming comes into play. Stray dogs who’re dropped at shelters get the grooming they require to find their forever loving homes. Unfortunately, without proper grooming, stray dogs are considered “broken”, but in reality, they’re loving dogs who have nothing but love for you. Here are some dogs whose lives changed after they were groomed. Here’s Part 1, in case you missed it.
Can you imagine this little fella roaming the Tijuana streets of danger? Wandering until exhaustion, until hopelessness, until being too weak to move on. Wandering until he was hit by a car. Today, it’s a different story for LEO, he’s healthy and has a home to call his own.
2. Matilda Mae
This little one was brought to animal control by a Good Samaritan who saw her behind a fence. When she approached her it was clear the dog was guarding another animal, which turned out to be a feral cat. We work closely with animal control and got her to our groomer, then a vet to be checked. She was adopted within a few days and now lives with a family who adores her. The feral cat was also rescued and adopted through us! Happy endings are wonderful.
Reggie was an owner surrender and came to us so matted that his skin was causing him pain. After a haircut, Reggie became a little kinder and started to smile. He found his forever home because his haircut changed his attitude!
Boomer was 11mo old and kept in a crate 23hrs a day due to his owner going into hospice. He was bored and laid and rolled in his urine and feces. He was extremely matted and smelled awful when surrendered. He had to be bathed 3 times during his grooming. He looked wonderful, smelled amazing and was the happiest boy ever! He found his forever home with a woman who owns a dog spa. He will never again have to be a “dirty dog”!
Tara was found as a stray. Her nails were grown into the pads of her feet. She was a gorgeous little girl under all that matted fur. She was adopted right away from the Humane Society.
Do you think that grooming plays a huge role in getting a dog adopted? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
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Images & Intro: Dirty Dogs Gallery