“Adopt don’t shop” is a common saying animal shelters use in order to promote adopting fur-ever friends instead of purchasing pure breeds. Life may have been cruel to the dogs before they were rescued, but after being showered with love and affection, they blossomed into the most beautiful pups you can imagine.
The Safe Hands Rescue’s mission is to “achieve the day when all companion animals are loved, respected and have a home.” When they posted the before and after pictures of Roger, the phone was ringing off the hook with people on the line who wanted to adopt the adorable pup. Sometimes it is hard to see past the alarmingly ill or dirty creature standing helplessly in front of you, which is why rescues like the Safe Hands are so vital.
Victor was found barely moving, petrified, and freezing in his spot. Before he was adopted by a wonderful family, Victor was stick thin and a young puppy at the time of his rescue. His big brown bulging eyes were thankfully unharmed by the tough obstacles he overcame. Dogs of Victor’s breed are often sold and forced to participate in dog fights since they are well built, but it seems like our featured pup got out just in time.
10 pounds of fur were removed from this 15-pound pooch, who could barely move with so much excess weight to carry around. He was spotted by a woman who passed by a trash can in Los Angeles. At first, she did not recognize that he was a dog, but once she noticed him eating bits of trashed food, she did not have the heart to leave him behind. She carried the pooch in her arms and took him to the vet. Ben is with his savior to this day.
After his owner passed away, Woody was tossed to the street and was left with no one in the world to care for him. Not only was he heartbroken by the fact his beloved human dad was gone, but having grown up his entire life with a roof over his head and a full bowl of food every night, little Woody didn’t have the slightest idea of how to survive on his own. He found shelter under a random house’s foundation – until he was rescued and cleaned up.
In spite of his breed being one of the toughest and strongest of all dogs, Spot lived a life of fear until he was picked up by his new owners. He was beaten and abused by heartless humans that had no idea what kind of emotional damage they were causing the poor pup. After Spot was rescued, he was taught that not all humans are the same. It took a long while, but step by step, Spot starting showing signs of learning to trust humans again.
Sunny was one of 12 dogs in his former home. His owner would give out food in massive bowls and walk away without making sure all dogs were well fed. Living in that house was the embodiment of survival of the fittest, and unluckily for Sunny, he was not the fittest. After a while, Sunny’s owner’s niece came to visit and fell in love with Sunny. His former owner was glad to give the pup away. His current picture explains his state better than any words could.
Oscar and Emmy
These two were found roaming around an abandoned building by the Chicago Police Department, appearing severely underweight. A vetcheckup confirmed that the duo almost starved to death, looking skeleton-like skinny. The Trio Animal Foundation created a special diet plan for Emmy and Oscar that was meant to gradually help them gain weight. Emmy has been adopted, but Oscar has yet to find his permanent home. Despite not finding his forever home, Oscar is still happy right where he is.
Mila is pictured with the saddest look on her face – and can you blame her? After being abandoned by her adoptive family, she was left heartbroken and alone in the middle of the forest. Mila repeatedly cried – but to no use. Fortunately, a group of hikers was making its way through the woods when they came across poor Mila. They brought her to the vet immediately, who was shocked to see how thin the sad pup was. After being properly fed, Mila went through a rehabilitation process and was adopted.
Ginger tried to escape the rain but instead found a new home. Running between different backyards in the suburbs, Ginger was found by a single mother who discovered the terrified Ginger while looking out the window during the heavy rainfall. After she brought him into the house, she decided this one was a keeper – a decision that was made because of her two boys fell in love with the little pup. Ginger was the perfect addition to this loving household.
A police officer patrolling around Central Park came across this adorable tail-wagger. The dog was friendlier than he anticipated but appeared unhealthily skinny. He gave the dog a piece of cookie, and so Cookie was awarded not only a snack – but also a name. At first, the officer was not sure he would be able to take care of Cookie, so he took him in thinking he would only foster him until a suitable home was found. But when the time came, he just couldn’t say goodbye!
Now that he has a load off his mind, Mr. Gruffles is free to enjoy belly rubs and chasing cats around his adoptive family’s backyard. Before life took a turn for the better, Mr. Gruffles was just another stray dog looking for a new home. His former owners neglected him after he matured and no longer looked like the adorable puppy he once was. Sadly, this is a recurring phenomenon among many people who grow past the initial excitement of having a dog.
Ted was long overdue for a proper makeover, in spite of many asserting that he was too old to be adopted, so other dogs should receive attention first instead. But Ted’s rescuer was not having any of that – “every man’s best friend is his best friend until the day he dies,” he said. Grabbing a pair of clippers and scissors, he got to work and trimmed all of Ted’s excess hair. After a good scrub and a fresh new collar around his neck, Ted was as good as new.
Miss Missy was a bag of bones when she was taken off the street and welcomed into a warm home with a comfortable couch to sleep on. Nearly starved to death, Missy collapsed on the doormat of a random house since she was too weak to keep going. The house owners were shocked to see the state she was in and took her in without second guessing their decision. She was fed, bathed and loved tremendously, all of which helped her bounce back into tip-top shape.
With unkempt fur and bald patches, Sharon was welcomed into her rescuers’ arms the minute she was brought to the animal shelter. They were heartbroken to see that she was missing an eye, a fact they feared would get in the way of helping her find her forever home. To enable potential adoptive parents to see how sweet and well behaved she was, Sharon received a haircut, pedicure and a tiara hair pin was placed to hold up her doggie fringe.
Bruno, a pure breed King Charles Spaniel, never thought he would be ditched by his adoptive family, but after he grew out of his puppy phase, the feeble dog was neglected severely. He finally ran away from home – but when the authorities that discovered him called his former family, they expressed no interest in getting Bruno back. Bruno was then taken to the shelter and nurtured back to health. He found a new, loving home in no time and went back to his playful ways.
Lewis was found in a field by Friends of Rescue, a nonprofit organization that aims to find foster and forever homes for all the dogs they take in. At first, Lewis seemed shaky and would not approach the rescuers – but once sweet talked, he overcame his fear and slowly walked over toward them. He was taken in and treated for his wounds and is now loved by his new adoptive family. As can be seen in the picture, Lewis has fully recovered from the disease that made him shed immensely.
While some breeds might seem more easy on the eyes, the painful truth is that there are too many tail wagging creatures out there that would do just about anything to leave the caged life behind and give their owners unconditional love. Phoebe was pulled out of a garbage pile after her whimpering cries were heard from a school boy who passed by. It was hard to identify where the calls were coming from at first, considering the way she looked.
Found next to a Golf Course, Cedar received his name while he was on his way to be picked-up by someone. He was shaking with fear and shed all his hair due to immense stress. Carrying him was hard enough even without him trying to wiggle free of the rescuer’s arms since his bones were sticking out of his thin and heavily bruised skin. After he found a loving home, it’s safe to say a new dog was born.
Suzy was abused and neglected by her former owners. After a concerned neighbor heard her cries, he reported the abuse to the authorities, who rescued Suzy from the horrible house and transferred her onto the Cocker Spaniel Rescue of Austin & San Antonio. Although she has yet to find her next home, her transformation is especially evident since she is no longer afraid of other humans. Additionally, Suzy gained weight and is now healthier and happier than ever running around freely without a care in the world.
Hope For Paws got a phone call about a sick looking dog living in a trash pile. When they arrived at the scene, the Co-Founder of the animal rescue organization, Edgar, noticed Miley sitting atop a pile of garbage. It quickly became apparent that despite suffering from mange, parasites, bacterial infections and malnutrition, she has survived in that germ-infested site for months. She was so weak, she didn’t even have enough strength to flee from Edgar. After months of treatment, finally, Miley is back to her old self.
Living up to his name, Rasta was found cruising around the streets of Montreal. He appeared so forsaken, the man who saw him was not sure he was a dog at first. His matted hair dragged on the floor as he sniffed the ground and looked for food. Dust, sand, and rain caused his fur to tangle even more, and form a clay-like substance that turned rock hard and made it more difficult for poor Rasta to move around. Thankfully, he is doing much better now.
Ruben And Bubka
“6 months ago we admitted Bubka (2 years old) and three months ago Ruben (1.5 years old) in a very advanced stage of Demodex mange,” read the Animal Rescue Sofia website. “Almost completely having lost their fur, with eczemas and accompanying problems, the two were a sight to make you dizzy.” After the dynamic duo arrived at the rescue, they were provided with supplements and food that would help heal their skin. Now, they are both healthy, happy and more than anything – inseparable.
This poor pup had a rough start at life. After he was born, his mom’s owner couldn’t get anyone to adopt poor Star, so he was passed from one foster home to another. Before finding a steady home, he had to learn how to survive on his own. A little pup out in the wild on his own, Star had a crippling skin disease that nearly took his life – until he was taken in by a rescue organization who nurtured him back to health.
Lucky was used to be a happy little-purebred miniature poodle, but the harsh reality is that her owner started ignoring her and neglecting to take care of her basic needs, like hygiene. A passing motorist noticed poor Lucky and brought her into the Natchez-Adams County Humane Society, who cropped her matted, thick, dirty fur and gave her a proper bath. A trip to the vet revealed that Lucky, despite her difficult past, was lucky enough to need nothing more than grooming.
During the first few months of his life, Petri had gone through more suffering than any dog should. He was born on a mountain to a stray mother. Despite the fact his place of birth was near one of the richest and busiest suburbs in the area, no one came to Petri’s help – not even local authorities. Eventually, Petri was rescued by an organization which quickly sent him to the vet, where they learned he was suffering from Ehrlichia and mange. He was treated for his physical and emotional wounds.
Lexi was neglected by a family who was not suitable for raising a dog. Once finding out that having a puppy around the house is not all fun and games, sweet Lexi was kicked to the curb, with not as much as a farewell. Confused and alone, she remained where her former owner left her, come rain or sunshine. After she was discovered by a little boy, he took her home and convinced his parents to let the poor pooch stay. Thankfully, Lexi is doing much better now.
Oliver had a stable home for most of his life but was never actually let inside the house. He spent endless days under the scorching sun, trying to escape the heat and hide under whatever little piece of shade he could find, but to no avail. By the time Oliver was found, he had burns all over his body and was severely dehydrated. A team of rescuers had to peel Oliver out of his owner’s hands in order to get him the treatment he needed, but it was worth it.
2-year-old Stanley was discovered accidentally by a street cleaner who poked the huge ball of rumpled hair. Alarmed when the unidentified barking mess, he called local authorities who directed the call to the Trio Animal Foundation, which went ahead and picked Stanley up. 2 pounds of fur had to be shaved off the little guy, who as it turned out was shockingly skinny under that burdening extra layer. Now Stanley is happy in his new adoptive home where he is able to give his owners unconditional love.
Christina revealed the first time she laid eyes on Petra: “I first saw her photo on Facebook… I could never get over that first photo. Even severely emaciated and with her face turned into stone by mange, the way she looked right into the camera made her look gorgeous, as if she was looking into your soul.” Christina checked for updates, but when those didn’t come, she arrived at the shelter herself and asked about Petra. Christina then took Petra under her wing by adopting and taking care of her.
Cocoa was found on I-10 near MacClenny in Florida. He was suffering from both malnutrition and Demodex, which is a type of parasitic mite that causes dogs to lose extensive patches of fur. Dr. Christian Broadhurst who treated Cocoa at Clay Humane said: “We are not sure how he ended up on the side of the Interstate, but most likely someone dumped him there. We found a coffee can filled with water near.” After healing, Cocoa was moved to a foster home and is now looking for a permanent one.
Lee was spotted by an animal rescue team which received notice of a sick, wandering dog. After arriving at the scene, Lee appeared before their eyes, but his physical state was so alarming they had no idea how to approach him. First and foremost, the crew put food on the floor so that they would not scare him away. After Lee approached them slowly, the team was able to place a collar around his neck and walk him toward the car. Lee’s new, reformed self is unbelievable.
Hector was in desperate need of a warm, loving home after he wandered the streets for two years. After he was adopted, fed and treated medically, he showed everyone just how sweet and brave he was.
Hank was found roaming the streets of a Sydney suburb, with his skin cracked, raw and bleeding. Hank was also extremely underweight. After a passerby called the RSPCA, they quickly arrived at the scene and came across a dog so much in pain that he could barely eat or move. Still, he somehow wagged his tail at the sight of his rescuers. These days, Hank is at his forever home, which is situated right by the beach. He also has an adopted brother called Marley to play around with.
Nowadays, it almost seems as though a smile is permanently attached to Bob’s beautiful face since that is all he ever does. This is quite a sharp turn from his former depressed self. Previously, Bob had dark, hollow eyes that suggested he was in constant pain and disappointed with the way his life turned out. After he was treated for the wounds that formed on his face, Bob was free to run around and give his saviors plenty of gratitude licks in appreciation.
If anything, this picture emphasizes the importance of tending to your dog’s needs. Frank desperately needed a hair cut, but his adoptive parents were so swamped with work and other distractions, they let him deteriorate to a state of being unable to move around comfortably. Frank was also not let outside, which caused him to urinate on himself more often than not. After he was taken to the dog shelter, the new humans in his life swore he would never be mistreated like that again.
Sweet Pablo was covered with fleas when he was found by PETA fieldworkers. The fleas caused him to lose almost all of his fur, which left his skin painfully raw around the neck and feet. He was in desperate need of veterinary care for his severe case, but after a lot of persistence, PETA was able to soothe him back to health. Corgi Pablo had an easy time finding his permanent family and home, which is completely understandable after one glance at that adorable face.
A woman found Fisher starving and dangerously close to death in a junkyard within the Los Angeles area. At only 70 pounds, there was a genuine fear for her life. Fisher was so skinny, she could barely pick herself up and walk a few steps without collapsing to the ground. After months of feeding Fisher and helping her rehabilitate through repetitive grooming and a proper, healthy diet, she is now a brand new dog. In the updated picture, Fisher is seen held by her new mom.
Digger was given his name after he was found inside a huge hole in the ground. It remains unclear to this day how long he was in there for, since there was no water source or food in the hole. However, he was stuck in there long enough to become dehydrated by the time he was found. We’d hate to think what would happen if Digger was not discovered in time – so it’s very lucky he was pulled out of there before it was too late.
Sophie was full of parasites, anemic, and about half her ideal weight when she was rescued from the beach by SPCA. Since she did not have a chip with information regarding her former owners, there was no telling how she ended up where she was. Veterinary care was provided to the pup, and she quickly bounced back on her feet, thankfully restoring her delightful former face impeccably. Sophie was adopted by a loving family with two kids, all of which love her dearly.
Katani may seem like he was a healthy pup, but unfortunately, that is far from the truth. After his adoptive family found out he had cognitive problems, they threw him into the street. A jogging student passed by their house and saw the whole thing – which is when she decided to take matters into her own hands. She told the abusive owner off and took off with Katani, who was clearly in shock and would shiver every time he was touched. Now, Katani is more loved and safer than ever.