At just seven years old, Luna the poodle found her self-curled up in a kennel cage at the Baldwin Park Animal Care Center in California. She was missing an eye and was terribly matted. What this little dog must have gone through to survive on the streets is difficult to imagine.

When one shelter volunteer, Karen Klink saw the tiny dog in the kennel, pretending to sleep, she was immediately drawn to Luna.

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I quietly approached her and she came to me in a loving manner. Not knowing anything about her injuries, I carefully petted her and held her for a while. No fear or aggression, just love,” Karen posted on Facebook about her first encounter with Luna. 

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Karen Klink

Understandably, Luna was terrified. Because of Karen’s post, Luna’s story spread. Shelter volunteers knew that Luna, sadly, would get overlooked in the shelter and desperately needed a rescue group to save her. 

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Alice Ensor

And all of the shelter volunteers cross-posting on social media paid off! Leave No Paws Behind, Inc, a foster-based rescue group picked up Luna from the shelter!

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Alice Ensor

Now safe with Cathi Perez of Leave No Paws Behind, Inc, sweet Luna immediately was taken to The Pet Doctors of Sherman Oaks to take a look at her eye. 

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Despite all of the trauma Luna had been through, she still gave a big smile!

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Luna is doing great and is still in the caring hands of Leave No Paws Behind, Inc. 

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And still giving the biggest smiles!

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If you, or someone you know, is interested in adopting this sweet girl, you can contact the Leave No Paws Behind, Inc for more information. We are so thankful they stepped in and are giving Luna the second chance she deserves. With six to eight million animals entering U.S. shelters every year, organizations and rescue groups across the country are fighting tirelessly to help every single animal they can. If you’d like to donate to support their life-saving work, you can do so here.

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Please always spay and neuter your pets and urge your friends and family to do the same. Fostering an animal is also a great way to help end the pet homelessness crisis. For other ways you can get involved helping animals, click here. Together, we can end pet homelessness!

Image source: Leave No Paws Behind, Inc/Facebook