The way the pup’s limbs were splayed was the inspiration behind naming her Starfish. When rescuers found her, the tyke was just ten weeks old. Fortunately, Starfish ended up in the California-based non-profit Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS).
When veterinarians first assessed Starfish, their initial impression wasn’t good. Not only was the pup unable to walk, but she had internal problems, too. To put it plainly, her organs were squashed. As a result, her vet concluded euthanasia should be the course of action.
However, the head of FAAS wouldn’t give up on Starfish so easily, and told the veterinarian as much. On April 28, 2018, animal news site the Dodo revealed the head of the organization’s reaction. Upon seeing the animal, this person reportedly said, “We’re going to get a second opinion, this is a different story.”