1. "Mouse was found as a stray; he was dirty, matted and painfully uncomfortable. Thankfully, he was rescued by his local shelter and with a good grooming this once-unrecognizable dog was transformed into a lovable pooch and quickly adopted. Mouse's dramatic alteration not only got him a second chance on life, but the title of America's top shelter dog makeover in Wahl's 2016 Dirty Dogs Contest."
2. "Chained to a porch during a snow storm, Olaf was in rough shape, with fur matted and full of ice. He's now enjoying warm hugs and playtime with other pups."
3. "Knotts was aptly named for the mass of knots that covered this sweet pup. Rescued from a hoarding situation, he has found a wonderful new home."
4. "Chulo was surrendered and sad, in need of some love. After his spa day, this dapper dog is all smiles."
5. "Tweed was abandoned and left to scrounge for food and safety. After some sprucing up, it is hard to tell it’s the same dog."
6. "Snookie was a stray whose fur hid her true size. Her new clean-cut appearance has her looking fresh and happy in her new home where she is groomed regularly."
7. "No longer at a loss for love, Mopsy was taken in by a foster family after being surrendered. They relieved her of three pounds of fur hiding her cute face."
8. "Chester called the streets home before his astonishing makeover. He was so matted that groomers found a toy stuck under all that fur. He’s now looking and feeling much better."
9. "All shook up, Elvis came to the shelter with fur tangled so badly he couldn't move. After dedicated grooming, this dynamo found a home with a fellow Yorkie."
10. "Zelda's future was uncertain when she arrived as a stray, thankfully, the shelter was able to clean her up and find a loving home where she has regular spa days."
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10 Dramatic Transformations Of Strays That’ll Make You Believe In Second Chances

BARK partners with shelters, rescues and non-profits to help support their efforts in many ways. Want to get your local shelter or rescue involved? Have one of their representatives visit to learn more!

This post is pawwered by Wahl Pet, the fastest-growing pet grooming brand committed to developing all-natural products for a healthy, happy dog!

Strays, often ignored and shunned by society, spend their lonely lives just trying to survive. Life on the streets affects their mental, emotional, and physical health. Their appearance on the outside is proof of the tough life they’ve had to lead.

Unfortunately, less than half of dogs entering shelters are getting the grooming they so desperately need. Without proper grooming, many of these dogs are perceived to be ‘damaged goods,’ and not the fun loving pets they really are.

However, thanks to Wahl’s “Dirty Dogs” initiative in partnership with, shelter dogs in need of grooming are being transformed so their adoptable selves can shine through. In fact, their goal is to help makeover the lives of 20,000 dogs by the end of the year so they can finally find their forever homes.

These pictures are proof that with a groom and a whole lot of love and patience, strays can find their place in the world again.


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