It’s no secret that we love animal rescues! Seeing the incredible stories of dogs being rescued and overcoming all ends of survival, we are left in awe of their resilience. No matter how deplorable their previous circumstances may have been, dogs have the extraordinary ability to recover and learn to trust and love as if they’d never known fear or pain. With animal abuse and neglect running rampant in the United States and across the world, it’s easy to lose hope in humanity. But this story will restore your faith…

When John Hwang saw a dog hunched over in a corner of a kennel at the Baldwin Park Animal Care Center in California, with her head down, he was understandably heartbroken. 

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Source: John Hwang

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The poor girl had trouble opening her eyes. How did such an innocent, loving dog end up like this?

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Source: John Hwang

“From her matted fur to her trembling exhausted body told a story of a difficult life. Every movement seemed like a monumental effort for her,” John explained in his Facebook post

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Source: John Hwang

Despite all the pain she undoubtedly was in, the dog still pressed her head against the fence and allowed John to pet her. 

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Source: John Hwang

Thankfully, this sweet girl was saved by Leashes of Love Rescue, Inc! Look at that big smile!

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Source: Leashes of Love Rescue, Inc.

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Now named Misty, she can’t help but give her rescuer all the kisses imaginable to say thanks! 

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Source: Leashes of Love Rescue, Inc.

Misty has already been adopted by a loving forever family and will live a life filled with comfort, kisses, and lots of treats, just as all dogs deserve! We can’t believe the transformation this little lady made, all because of a little love! If you would like to donate to Leashes of Love, Inc to help them continue to save more lives, click here.

With over 70 million homeless dogs and cats wandering the streets in the U.S., we could all stand to a lot more to ensure the lucky animals who make it to shelters get their happy ending too. If you’re considering welcoming a four-legged companion into your home, please always adopt and never shop. If you’re unable to adopt, animal shelters could always use more volunteers to help wth a variety of tasks, so be sure check out our guide to volunteering!

Image source: Leashes of Love, Inc/Facebook

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