You can’t underestimate what a warm bath, a good combing or trim, and a nail cutting can do for a homeless dog. Many dogs show up at shelters in serious need of TLC, and thanks to rescue staff and volunteers they are able to let their true beauty come out. Grooming product company Wahl has teamed up with GreaterGood.org to not only shine a light on these beautiful transformations, but to celebrate the people and organizations that make it happen and help give dogs not only new looks, but new leases on life.
“When it comes to pet adoption, a first impression is crucial in determining if an animal will find a family,” says Shay Moeller, pet product manager for Wahl. “By providing pet shelters with the grooming supplies they need we can demonstrate that the same animals often perceived to be ‘damaged goods’ are actually healthy, fun loving pets deserving of a new home.”
For the fourth year in a row, Wahl is spreading the love for these transformed pets with their Dirty Dogs Before & After Gallery. Some of our favorites are below, but follow the link to see even more amazing doggie rescue makeovers. The gallery also allows you to search for adoptable animals in your area and learn more about shelter dogs’ stories. Also cast your vote in the Dirty Dog Best Shelter Dog Makeover Contest. The winning shelter will receive $5,000, second place will take home $2,000, and third place $1,000.
Without further ado, a look at what a good grooming can do for a dog in need:
Walter – Central Arizona Animal Rescue
Says the shelter: “Walter was found as a stray and taken to Pinal county shelter as a stray intake. The employees at county had Walter listed as a girl due to so much matting on his belly they couldn’t tell and plus he couldn’t lift his left to urinate due to the matting of his fur. We pulled Walter from county and called one of our wonderful volunteer groomers and the process began. We were all surprised and somewhat sadden when we realized that she was in fact a he but because of neglect no one knew. It took over 5 hours of grooming but Walter was wonderful during all of it, like he knew what we were doing. By the time we were finished Walter had a smile on his face, a twinkle in his eyes and as soon as we put him on the ground he almost looked as if he was skipping with happiness. Walter has such a great personality and gets along with everyone and we can’t wait for the time that a lucky family adopts Walter and he can truly have a happy ending. Thank you so much for listening to Walter’s story and who knows may be Walter wins and by then we can tell you that Walter has a happy ending story to tell.”
Angie – Animal Rescue League of Iowa
Says the shelter: “Angie came to us as a stray, she was found on the streets of Des Moines. She is a toy poodle and we estimate that she is about 10 years old. What we do know is although she had to be incredibly uncomfortable due to the matting and the sores on her body from the matting, she could not be any sweeter. As soon as our groomer saw her, he couldn’t wait to groom her and make her feel better, he fixed her up with a nice comfy bed and he could barely get it sat down before she was all curled up in it! She was so tolerant of being groomed and was so appreciative of the compassion and care she received from the groomer. She didn’t mind getting dressed up for her glamour shot either. This little girl is a gem inside and out!”
Pixar – SPCA of Tampa Bay
Says the shelter: “Pixar arrived at SPCA Tampa Bay as an injured stray animal meaning he was found wandering the streets alone. Unfortunately, his back leg was too injured and we amputated. We don’t tell Pixar he only has three legs and it certainly hasn’t slowed him down one bit! Through the grant we received, Pixar was given a nice bath and is currently awaiting his new home.”