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Sadly, 5,500 dogs meet the unjust fate of euthanasia in shelters across America each and every day. That amounts to over two million innocent dogs’ lives cut short each year. Leave No Paws Behind, Inc. is a nonprofit dedicated to rescuing animals from shelters in Southern California who are deemed “unadoptable.” Last June, they rescued a dog named Rambo who had an awful skin infection and was set to be euthanized, but you will not believe what he looks like now!

Rambo was labeled as “aggressive” by the shelter, but as this smiling picture of him taken shortly after his rescue reveals, that is not at all the case.

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Rambo was diagnosed with an auto-immune disorder called Pemphigus, which resulted in him undergoing 8-9 months of veterinary treatment.

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Despite the obvious discomfort he was in, he remained a sweet and responsive pup.

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Now, Rambo looks completely transformed — what a world of difference in less than a year! 

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Rambo’s fur has grown in, and he is the most content pup at his forever foster home with the rescue’s founder, Toby Wisneski. Such a handsome boy!

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To inquire about adopting Rambo or to make a donation to Leave No Paws Behind, Inc. and aid in their lifesaving work, visit their Facebook page or website here.

Rambo’s story is a beautiful example of why adoption is so valuable. Rescuers saw past the ailing dog’s condition and realized the potential he had to become a healthy, happy dog. If you are considering adding a new animal companion into your life, visit your local shelters and rescues’ adoption events to look for a new best friend. Not able to adopt? Fostering is an excellent way to help rescued animals recover in a home environment while clearing up space at shelters and rescues for more animals in need. If not for the care and dedication of Rambo’s foster caretakers, his fate would be far worse. To learn more about fostering, click here, and for tips on how to prepare for becoming a foster caretaker, go here.

And remember to share this touching story with your network as a reminder of the value of adoption!

All Image Source: Leave No Paws Behind, Inc./Facebook