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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Val Blakely

And this has what to do with providing rides... or is it just the money you want? I would gladly transport but I don't think this is what you are asking for????

Lisa D'Ambrosio

Love it!!

Candee Gordon

The Dog Rescue Project is wonderful. So is ASPCA who formed it and this particular shelter who is implementing it. This is a wonderful shelter to work at saving these animals lives. Diamond is beautiful.

Angela Layman

I live in N. Virginia and would like to assist with transportation of rescued animals.


A nearby animal rescue shelter is actually closed on Sundays! Now, I may not be a brain surgeon but would it not be a good thing to be open the entire weekend as so many people tend to go to the shelters on both w/e days?

Brandi Lore

I live outside New Orleans and want to help with rides. Please email me if I can help you!

Rhonda Rains

It is so nice to see a happy ending:) Thank you so much for all you do and God bless!!

Linda Fries

I can not afford to donate money at this time. But I can volunteer my time and services. I would like to become a rescue volunteer or transporter. Please contact me.


Morning All. I saved a Puppy being starved in a cage. & she's here with me. I payed $150 buck. She's well worm with me. But a Doctor did a bum job by fixing her. Mimi


My puppy I payed $350 bucks. Mimi