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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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It make's me feel so happy to see happy endings like this. I give what i can,but seeing these story's I wish I could give more.

Myrlene Frady

I live in Jamestown NY - close to I90 between Erie Pa and Buffalo NY I would love to help dogs that need a ride. Please contact me anytime.


how do I sign up to drive dogs when/where I can?

Gale David

She gives a whole new meaning to "a Diamond in the Rough." What a gem she turned out to be and what gems all who work to rescue pets are!


I can help with tranport in Indiana, and sorrounding States.

Ann Wells

This story just made my day a whole lot brighter! God bless Diamond, her new family, and all those who helped to make it possible for her to go to her loving and forever home.

nita fair

i donate to your program but i can also give these special little one's or even big one's rides to wherever they need to go so let me know how i can help


I would love to help be a part of the animal transport team.

Joanne Silva

I am in NE PA and would like to find out more about the program for giving dogs a ride to their new homes or to meet another driver on one leg of the trip for the dog.
many thanks,

Mary Vasel

It is for happy endings like Diamond that I became a "Guardian", donating monthly to the ASPCA and remembering the ASPCA in my will. She looks so happy and beautiful and thankful for the wonderful caring people that helped her. I donate to my local shelter also and have left them a gift in my will along with ASPCA. A dog teaches us love, loyalty, and undying friendship and devotion....why wouldn't we want to help them in need. Mary Vasel