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VOTE NOW: Dirty Dogs Contest Helps Shelter Animals with Grants for Grooming

These dirty dogs clean up pretty well!

If you agree, you can make a big difference in some other shelter dogs’ lives, too! The Dirty Dogs Contest, made possible through partnership between Wahl Pets, GreaterGood.org, and The Animal Rescue Site, features some of the most amazing doggie makeovers on the internet. The three Dirty Dogs who receive the most votes will win $1,000, $2,000, and $5,000 prizes for their respective shelters.

According to Wahl, about half of all shelter dogs lack adequate grooming. An estimated 8 million animals enter shelters each year, and a vast majority of them are dirty and matted, a condition that can turn off potential adopters. With donated supplies, and people from shelter caretakers to foster parents coming together to help them, these shelter dogs have a chance to live healthier, cleaner lives, but it takes some serious work. The creators of the Dirty Dogs Contest hope to reach more than 20,000 dogs this year — cleaning them up and helping them find forever homes.

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The Dogs

There are 10 finalists in the Dirty Dogs Contest, all of whom have moving stories and amazing before and after pictures. These are just a few of the finalists’ stories, showcasing how some intense grooming, medical care, and love can turn lives around for the better.

Mopsy

Mopsy was surrendered to the Burlington Animal Shelter, and had been severely neglected. After less than an hour, a volunteer with Old North Canine Rescue fell in love with the dog and took her in. The foster family found this sweet girl has an even temperament, is very calm around children and other animals, and was very blessed to be out of a cage.

Mopsy

Mopsy

The first day Mopsy spent with her foster family, they cut off over 3 pounds of matted hair before taking her to a professional groomer the next morning. While her before picture shows the awful effects of neglect, Mopsy’s “after” shot really lets her true colors come through!

Mouse

When Mouse came to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa as a stray, it took a lot of work to find the 10-year-old dog under all his matted hair. But the whole time the shelter’s groomer was transforming him, Mouse was giving kisses of appreciation. Mouse not only looks and feels much better today, he’s excited about being in the running for the Dirty Dogs prize!

Mouse

Mouse

Elvis

Elvis arrived at the Nebraska Humane Society smelling terrible, with matted fur, and hard and crusty to the touch. Under all that filth, he was unrecognizable as a dog, much less a Yorkshire Terrier.

Elvis

Elvis

The shelter’s assessment technician had seen some neglected animals dropped off at the Nebraska Humane Society, but this was the worst. His fur had tangled so badly it hobbled his legs, forcing him into a lurching bunny hop. His left front paw was dangling and useless, the blood flow cut off by the binding hair. All shook up, but staying strong, they named the dog Elvis.

Eventually, part of Elvis’ foot was removed, but that hasn’t stopped him from enjoying life. Now housed with foster parents, Elvis is confident and happy, and is using his injured limbs more each day. In fact, Elvis has since been fitted for a custom leg brace and has moved into his forever home, which he shares with a fellow Yorkie.

Changing Lives

Over the past five years, Wahl’s donation of its all-natural pet shampoos has helped pet shelters clean up more than 70,000 dogs and get them ready for adoption. Today, its Dirty Dog before and after gallery is full of freshly cleaned canines waiting to meet their new owners. Caring visitors are encouraged to reach out on social media to work out adoption details.

To participate in the Wahl Dirty Dogs Contest, visit the contest Facebook page. Pick your favorite shelter dog out of the top 10, up to once a day, until Aug.1, 2016. The top three shelters will receive $5000, $2000, and $1000 grants from GreaterGood.org.


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