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If there ever was an “Extreme Dog Makeover” show, Holland would definitely be the winner. This poor dog was dropped off at a shelter and was so matted it was hard to tell what other medical problems she was suffering from. Trio Animal Foundation (TAF) was called to assist with Hollands condition.

The kind folks at TAF worked hard to cut through the matting and free Holland from the thick casing but these are not your typical mats. Mats of this magnitude are very dangerous and can result in skin infections, physical disorders, and behavioral issues. These are the types of mats that are the result of months and months, oftentimes even years of neglect. Severe matting keeps the skin from being able to breathe, traps in moisture, and are extremely difficult to remove without causing further pain to the dog.

With mats over 3-inches thick, weighing down on her petite body, trying to remove the mats was very stressful for Holland. She was taken to the vet where she was sedated and groomed.

After her hours-long groom, Holland was a new dog. Thankfully, minus some cuts, bruising, and skin irritations from the matting and lack of circulation, Holland had no other major medical conditions. With lots of love, rehabilitation, and friendship from Miller, TAF’s therapy dog, Holland began learning how to trust again.

Holland not only got an extreme makeover, she got a home! Holland adores her new parents, check out that smile. Holland finally is getting the home she deserves, one that will protect, care, and love her forever.


Please remember that adding a pet to your family is a lifelong commitment that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Make sure every member of the family understands that a pet should be cared for in sickness and health, in good times and bad – just like you would any other family member. Also, be sure to look into temperament and activity levels and ask in-depth questions about any pet you are considering, just to be sure you make the right match for your family and lifestyle. Additionally, having a pet can be expensive. From healthy pet food, vet bills, beds, toys, grooming, and more, be sure that you can financially handle caring for a pet now and in the future.

Trio Animal Foundation is a non-profit located in Chicago, Illinois that assists shelters, rescues, and individuals to care for abandoned, abused, and neglected pets. They also promote adoption and responsible pet ownership, including spay and neutering.

To learn more about Trio Animal Foundation click here.

All image source: Trio Animal Foundation/Facebook