Terrified, Matted Pup Gets Happy Ending: Diamond’s Before and After

Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 1:30pm
Diamond before and after

Last year in Texas, a scared little white pup named Diamond arrived at the City of Abilene’s municipal shelter. She was dirty, painfully matted and very scared. No one knew it at the time, but she was also deaf.

If Diamond had arrived at the shelter a year earlier, she may never have found her happy ending. But the folks who work at the City of Abilene shelter are especially dedicated and strongly committed to saving animals’ lives. Naturally, they jumped at the chance to take part in the ASPCA’s Carroll Petrie Foundation Dog Rescue Project, unveiled in September.

Part of the ASPCA Animal Relocation Initiative, the Carroll Petrie Foundation Dog Rescue Project helps cash-strapped municipal shelters like Abilene’s relocate dogs to off-site adoption programs, rescues or private shelters by providing municipal shelters $50 per dog placed. That money can be spent on vet care for an animal, transportation of the pet, or on anything else that will help move the animal out of the shelter.

For Diamond, this program was a godsend. Abilene was able to use the Petrie subsidy to move her to The Pawed Squad rescue. After a desperately needed grooming, Diamond revealed herself to be an adorable little Bichon Frise! She also came out of her shell and showed she would make a wonderful companion.

Soon after rescuing Diamond, the Pawed Squad was able to place her in a loving home that cherishes her every day. Her deafness was never an issue for these awesome adopters.

Congratulations to Abilene, The Pawed Squad rescue and Diamond’s happy family. We’re so glad the Carroll Petrie Foundation Dog Rescue Project is changing lives like hers and thousands of others.

Want to help support our efforts to find homes for thousands of homeless pets like Diamond? Please consider becoming an ASPCA Guardian today.

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She looks so happy, what a big smile. Her parents must be proud!

Marnie Howell

Brings tears to my eyes -this is why I support ASPCA

Helen Santiago

It was a delight to see that lovely bichon frise in her glory, cleaned up, shampooed, manicured and happy, and looking forward to her next meal. I care for my daughter's dachshund, Leo, a rescued pooch, from Dachshund Rescue, when she travels for her job, and I often visit Petsmart for his food and treats. There I meet many interesting and happy dogs who are also rescued. I recently met my first long-haired dachshund there. She was sweet and lovely, and much adored by the family that rescued her.

I support my local ASPCA with money, and bags of kibble that Leo has tired of and rejected, and with clean but worn blankets and large towels that augment the bedding provided by the shelter.

Victoria Guthrie

I live in Covington, GA and would like to help provide "rides for dogs" - please contact me for details.

Robert Grose

This is why I support, through donation, the ASPCA. As a Bichon owner, I cannot understand mistreating any animal in this way, let alone a people loving dog like a Bichon. My Sam is the best, smartest, dog I have ever parented !!!!


what a beauty Diamond is. All dogs are "people loving" no matter what pedigree they are. Glad Diamond has a furever home. xo

Carrie J. Martin

You animal rescuers are soooooo AWESOME. Every creature counts!

Cortney Vasquez

This article brings tears to my eyes. Tears of sadness that Diamond had to live through a terrifying time, as well as tears of joy for finding a loving home. She looks very happy in her new home. Thank GOD for animal lovers. A big THANKS to the ASPCA and the Carroll Petrie Foundation Dog Rescue Project.


Awesome! ;) Pets should not be "put down"! They can easily be transfered to another shelter then another if necessary etc until they find their furever home. Because if not adopted in one areas shelter once transfered to another areas shelter they may het adopts there. If we just move them around they'll all fund fyrever homes. There's no need these days to just " put down" animals because they werent adopted! Transferung them shelter to shelter us easy enough. That way they're sure to find their soulmate companion(s). ;)

Janice Giampaoli

What a wonderful organization/foundation!!! I am so happy for this precious, adorable little girl Diamond, and all the other animals that will be helped by Carroll's foundation project. Thank you Carroll!