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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That looks like a very good program, as it appears Diamond is smiling. She is adorable. Congratulations to the furry happy family, and all of the furry happy families. Feathered families too, if that applies.

shelby letson

thats so cool well nice both.
cool-how she came to them.
nice-is she got adopted

Thomas white

I to adopted or should I say acquired a bishon while living in Scottsdale AZ I named him Reggie he was found on Christmas morning he was dirty & matted a dog rescue helped pay the bills for neutering & gromming , he did not come with out problems they were miner .. I fostered him for three months.. A family with a farm & two kid's adopted him I never found out what happened to him that was 12Yrs ago ...I believe I was a small part in GODS plan..



On Jan 15, 2013

I love the story of Diamond but I agree with the others about keeping Politics out of it.
I thank all a spca Friends I would like to think if that had been my boy that they would have
come to his add and all but my baby boy is a Bichon and I and My Family love him so much.....

Alan Weiskott

Love to hear such wonderful stories about animal rescue


I loved this story, it is so heart-warming! Hats off to all these magnificent people who do so much for animals!


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I am surprised no one has disscussed dog adoption as opposed to puppy mills. If Obamma had adopted a dog instead of buying from a puppy mill it would have given much support to that idea. Yes! and all the presidents back to the start. I work with Petsmart when they have a big adoption day and we have adopted out up to 300 in one day, as well as many cats and kittens. Please support pet adoption. If you know some one who wants a pet encourage them to go to a shelter or Petsmart. You can find wonderful pure breed pets if that is what you want. I like the mixed up ones myself. my part schnauser is so cute and sweet as well as my Airedale. Volunteer to work in the shelters. It is a very gratifying work.

Wendye Kolles

Darling Diamond, I'm so THRILLED you're now a valued member of a wonderful family who truly love. God bless you sweetheart! xo xo xo xo xo xo


AMEN! Vistied our ASPCA shelter yesterday, to join Volunteer program! We rescued our little POLLY, a Therapy dog now, who LOVES attention and all people from the ASPC ain Fresno, CA five years ago. Poll was almost dead weighing 11 puonds, full of worms, bloodied etc. The blessed folks there (foster Mum Whitney in particular, worked to save her. She was my "birthday present" five weeks later. Thank you, ASPCA's everywhere!!