These Before and After Snapshots of Rescued Dogs Will Make You Cry

Ditched, abandoned, or mistreated, these animals found themselves in dire straits. After getting rescued and cleaned-up with both medical and emotional care, these dogs have became icons of hope.

11. Cedar

When rescuers found this poor pooch waiting, presumably, for a human that would never return, they named him Cedar after the nearby golf course. Stress-induced hair loss left the dog looking like nothing but skin and bones.

But Cedar scored a hole in one with his new family and is now the perfect picture of happiness. No longer skinny and bald, he looks like a completely different dog.

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10. Coffee

Poor Coffee was found on a quiet holiday resort in Antigua. Despite suffering from a nasty skin condition, he still had enough love in him to wag his tail at his rescuer.

Yet after only a month of bathing to treat his skin condition, along with some tender loving care, Coffee has every reason to wag his tail again. What a transformation!

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9. Ellen

The Trio Animal Foundation found this unidentifiable ball of urine-soaked hair and didn’t know which end was what. Eventually they had to offer the fur-covered creature a treat to see which end would was the head!

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The foundation discovered, after shaving off two pounds of hair, a beautiful little female puppy they named Ellen. And perhaps unsurprisingly, one of her rescuers began fostering her immediately. The last update from Trio Animal Foundation in 2014 indicated that Ellen was waiting for a clean bill of health before she could be put up for adoption.

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8. ISA

This stray dog was seen meandering the streets around the old Potworks reservoir in Antigua. A couple of days later, a worker from Paaws animal shelter on the island picked her up, and that was the beginning of her new life.

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The Paaws volunteers named her ISA and five months later, she was looking much healthier. Luckily Paaws is a no-kill shelter, so rescued dogs are able to live with foster parents until they find their forever homes.

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7. Shrek

Found homeless in Ontario, Shrek got his name because his mud and feces-caked mane made the poor dog look and smell like a swamp monster. And to top that off his heavy fur made walking an agony.

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After being recused, Shrek had his excess fur shaved, wounds treated and a burr removed from his eye. Following a period of readjustment, he found his happily-ever-after with a loving family.

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6. Olivia

Unfortunately Olivia’s past is a mystery, so we’ll never know who caused the abuse she suffered. Her owner adopted her without prejudice from an animal shelter, where she found the poor pooch to be highly emaciated, her ribs being disturbingly visible.

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This is Olivia a year later, and as you can see, things turned out just fine for her. “The hardest thing to fathom was just how such a sweet animal could have possibly been left to get to that state,” her owner wrote.

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5. Hippo

Poor little Hippo was given to the Trio Animal Foundation when her owner’s girlfriend feared the dog’s skin condition might be contagious to their other dogs. Sadly, Hippo not only had a skin infection but respiratory and fungal infections as well.

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But under medical care, Hippo made a full recovery. And, thankfully, she now has a beautiful shiny coat and a loving forever home.

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4. Rasta

Rasta here was found on the streets of Montreal, his filthy, matted fur severely restricting his movement. Rescuers could barely even identify him as a dog, and going by this picture, you can understand their confusion!

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It turned out that underneath six pounds of knots and tentacle-like clumps was a beautiful little shih-poo, a cross between a poodle and a shih tzu. Rasta finally found his forever home but was still nervous about leaving the house.

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3. Treasure

It’s hard to tell, but this poor creature is a purebred miniature poodle. She was found at the side of a road in Mississippi, with fur so matted she couldn’t walk.

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She had to be anesthetized to have her fur clipped, but vets found a real treasure underneath and named her as such. After two months of recovery Treasure found her feet, and faith in humanity, again.

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2. Penelope

The Jason Debus Heigl Foundation took poor Penelope from a Los Angeles animal shelter. No-kill practices have yet to be implemented city-wide in L.A., so Penelope’s unwanted state put her on death row. She looked to be in terrible shape, suffering from baldness due to her painful skin condition.

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Yet over two-months worth of treatment, Penelope made a stunning recovery. Her fur grew back revealing a gorgeous German shepherd, and she was given some new humans for Christmas.

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1. Miley

Poor Miley had been living on a rubbish dump for a long stretch before she came to the attention of animal rescue charity Hope For Paws. She was sick, malnourished and blighted by infections and parasites.

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However, after a stay at a veterinary care centre, she was finally able to recover. Within three months, she had found a home, too, and as you can see, she’s doing just fine.

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