There are few things as gut-wrenching and heartbreaking as seeing an animal who knows nothing but a life of abuse.
At the same time, there are few things as wonderful and triumphant as seeing that animal get the love and care they need.
Recently, I came across the story of Kelsey and her life on the streets, all alone. Kelsey was once barely recognizable as a dog — her creamy, white fur replaced with layers of filth, mange, and scabs.
Then comes Kelsey’s dramatic transformation, and the moment her new mom fell in love with her.
Watch how far this courageous dog has come, thanks to her proud saviors who introduced her to a life she never thought possible.
I wanted to share Kelsey’s story as a reminder that any dog, no matter what they may look like at first, should have the opportunity to find their forever home. All it takes is love, care, and a little bit of patience.
Please SHARE this wonderful transformation with your friends on Facebook, and spread the power of animal rescue and adoption.
This is Kelsey. She was a homeless stray, forced to wander the streets alone. She scrounged for food and was constantly put in harm's way, navigating dangerous bridges and alleyways to stay alive. Finally, someone found her, and decided to save her life -- documenting her journey the whole way through.
As the sun shone down on Kelsey's body, it was easy to see just how bloody and battered her skin became while living on the streets. Instead of a white coat of healthy fur, Kelsey suffered sores and sunburns everywhere. She was starving, and her ribs were sticking out.
You'd think a dog so neglected by society would fear humans, but nope -- Kelsey eagerly hopped into her rescuers' car, ready to begin a brand new chapter.
Though she was treated like dirt her entire life, Kelsey was open-hearted and gentle. Her kind eyes let her rescuers know that she was grateful for their help.
A medical team worked around the clock to provide Kelsey with all the care and supervision she needed. While cradled in the vet's arms, it's surprising to see how tiny she truly is.
She had a long road to recovery ahead, but Kelsey was on her way to a stunning transformation. Just look at this adorable face!
It didn't take long for Kelsey to find comfort in her new human companions. Soon, she was introduced to the joys of cool shade, green grass, playtime, and relaxation. Now this, she could get used to.
Kelsey had also been missing out on social interaction with other dogs -- but soon, canine friendships were budding, and Kelsey was coming out of her shell.
As her fur began to grow back and her sores healed up, Kelsey's life only got better. Soft beds, regular feedings, afternoon naps... This is the life!
...And before her saviors knew it, Kelsey was a brand new dog! It's hard to believe she was once standing on death's doorstep.
Can you believe this is the same dog as before? It's just incredible what a little love can do.
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