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Here’s a heartwarming story for all you dog lovers out there, proving just how effective a social media campaign can be when it comes to rescuing terrified, neglected animals!

Until last Thursday, Chelsea, a gentle but traumatized one-year-old pit bull, was trapped in a San Bernardino Animal Control shelter in California, and her adoption prospects seemed very low. She spent all of her time huddled in a corner of her cage, unwilling to even look at people, and had been known to lash out against shelter workers in her fear. It is suspected that she may have been abused before entering the shelter.

Her euthanization date was set for Thursday, Feb. 13, and it looked as though she was about to become a nameless, faceless statistic – just another one of the estimated 3.5 million companion animals euthanized by U.S. shelters every year.

That is, until the intervention of the compassionate moderators of Save SBC Shelter Pups, a Facebook page set up with the sole intention of finding homes for San Bernardino’s shelter animals. On Saturday, Feb. 8, they posted this picture of Chelsea with her back turned to the camera:


The accompanying text read, “Not a great picture? Imagine how she feels ;( Chelsea is a one-year-old female pit bull, scared out of her mind here, this breaks my heart, she’s a really sweet dog, who does this?”

Melinda York-Rhinehart also recorded a video of the dejected dog. The photo and video quickly went viral, shared by dog lovers far and wide – until SBC Shelter Pups were able to update the caption of Chelsea’s picture:

Great news: the shelter has had overwhelming amounts of calls for adoption and there’s a FULL waiting list for Chelsea’s forever home! She is released from quarantine on the 13th and will be held for adoption until the 15th; with hundreds of people trying to adopt her, she will absolutely find a home. All that remains is finding homes for the rest of the shelter animals that have similar stories and plights.

Let’s hope Chelsea finds human companions who will love her for the rest of her days – and perhaps some of the people who don’t end up adopting her will open their hearts to another homeless dog at the shelter.

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43 comments on “Depressed Dog Chelsea Saved from Euthanasia by Facebook Campaign”

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4 Years Ago

"with hundreds of people trying to adopt her, she will absolutely find a home. All that remains is finding homes for the rest of the shelter animals that have similar stories and plights." Two points worth noting in that statement: HUNDREDS lined up for one dog while millions of other wait to be adopted. I wish people got over their hero complex and simply did the right thing without needing their 15 minutes of fame.

Tob Breogh
4 Years Ago

So relieved and happy for her !

Christine Thompson
4 Years Ago

I really believe that social media campaigns are effective to help animals. Signing petitions is a great mean as well to contribute to this purpose. I hope Chelsea has a super good home and is checked upon and doesn't end up being used in fights.

Michelle Blanchard
4 Years Ago

Facebook does make a difference..thanks so much for saving this precious baby :)

Brenda Elizondo
4 Years Ago


Laurie Carasso
4 Years Ago

My only concern is that it said that she lashes out at the shelter workers out of fear. As sad as I am for her plight because all of the stories break my heart I also am concerned that a frightened animal is a dangerous animals and she could well "lash out" at her new owner, or her new owners children and we hear all the time of the disasters that happen when dogs attack. I hope way WAY before she is adopted out that she has a full psychological screen and training.

Barbara Thompson
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Gigi Genial Bishop III
4 Years Ago

Exactly, I've seen social media help animals and little children...petitions I've signed and shared via email, blog, goggle+, etc....it works!!! <3

Jezza Belle Jackson
4 Years Ago

Woo Hoo.


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