You may remember the heartbreaking story we shared with you just a couple months ago about Liz, a little dog who was found in horrific condition. The dog was brought to an open access shelter and Trio Animal Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Chicago, was called for help. While they have helped hundreds of dogs in need, we doubt they were prepared for to see the terrible state poor Liz was in. The dog was soaked in urine, blinded by matted fur, emaciated, and unable to stand on her own.

The medical team worked tirelessly to clear her face and cut through her matted fur. After x-rays were taken, the medical team realized Liz was unable to stand due to complete muscle atrophy and, sadly, her body was shutting down. A dog her size should weigh between 10-12 pounds, but Liz only weighed four.


But Trio Animal Foundation didn’t give up on her and neither did Liz. They began to feed her small amounts of food, as to not overwhelm her body. She also received IV fluids to help prevent her system from shutting down and administered her medications. Slowly but surely, Liz started to gain weight. And the good news keeps on coming…

During her recovery, Liz stayed with four of the Trio Animal Foundation’s therapy dogs (Miller, Antler, Hazel Grace & Bentley). This helped  Liz to move around and motivate herself. Liz quickly bonded with the other dogs and continued to gain weight with her friends rooting for her. Nice looking crew!

As much as Trio Animal Foundation wanted to keep them all in the same household, there was simply not enough room. But they came up with a solution that will make everybody happy and allow these three to see each other on a weekly basis…

Hazel Grace’s Grandma and Grandpa adopted Liz! Champagne and puppy cake was in order for the adoption celebration. Look at the happy family!


Hazel Grace and Bentley were party guests at the adoption celebration too, adorably taking a nap together. So sweet!

Liz will now live in a quiet neighborhood on a lake, with a big beautiful yard and a mom and dad who adore her. Liz will see her friends Hazel Grace and Bentley often. What a perfect ending!


We are ecstatic to see Liz’s inspiring transformation. Once starved and unable to stand, she beat all odds and survived. Now she has her happily ever after!




While they don’t know who neglected Liz, there is no way around it: this was animal abuse. Some incidents of animal cruelty go unreported because of a lack of understanding of what is considered neglect. There are signs to look out for when identifying animal abuse and neglect. It’s good to know the signs in case you ever come across an incident of animal abuse.

It’s important to remember that law enforcement and animal control departments highly advise against citizens taking matters into their own hands. As much as it angers you to see an animal being abused or neglected, you could end up putting yourself in a dangerous situation when confronting an animal abuser or trespassing on someone’s property to rescue an animal.

It can take more than reporting animal abuse to the authorities, so to help in prosecuting the abuser, the best thing you can do is document the details, dates, and times of any incidents and contact animal control immediately.

And remember: always adopt and never shop. Share this post to bring a smile to someone’s day!

Image Source: Trio Animal Foundation/Facebook