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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Nancy Pennington

I live in Seattle, WA and would gladly transport dogs. Let me know how I can help.

Paul Goodwin

As a monthly supporter of ASPCA, it is this sort of story that makes me gald I do so. Both of our current rescue dogs, a Pug-Chihauhua mix, and a Pug came from Arkansas (Not together we rescued them at different times)courtesy of transport programs that save them from regions where there are not as many adopters as dogs.

edwina loftlin

I would love to help transport animals so they can get a second at left. I live in Washington, dc


Thanks to everyone who rescues animals!


I am owned by three rescue dogs. Two were abused and neglected, the third was picked up as a stray so I don't really know anything about her. I do know that the two that were definatley abused are the best dogs that I have ever been owned by.
I also own a companion bird rescue and refuge that I fund myself. It seems that the ones who were abused do turn out to be the best because they seem to know and remember the life that they had before they came here.
Although I have to close the doors on the rescue because of financial reasons, I am so happy that there are caring and loving people who are willing to take in these poor babies that have been dealt a tough life. These animals did not get to choose their life with an abuser, the abuser picked them out and it's really a shame because animals are so generous with their love and adoration for their people.


God bless all of the ASPCA members and Supporters. I live in California, and if there is any way possible to help, please advise. Sincerely


Thank God for these wonderful people at ASPCA who save these sweet animals. No animal should ever suffer at the hands of a human. I am a monthly donor and am so happy to see the money collected by the ASPCA goes to such worthwhile animals and causes. Thank you.


I'm interested in rides.............. Where do I start or where do I go???????????????????

Naomi Noble Richard

Bless the people who adopted her. And bless the ASPCA for what you do.


The dog I have now was flown out of another state the day before euthanization at a kill shelter by some kind hearted pilot willing to transport a couple of dogs in order to give them a chance for adoption. Just by chance, had never been there before, I was at the Humane Society shelter 80 miles away from where I live, when she and the other dog were brought in from the landing strip (on a Sunday). I took her home with me. I want those people willing to transport this precious cargo, to know that their efforts are not in vain. It works for everyone. Truly a win/win situation. I love this dog. She is so sweet.