Nine Dumped Dogs' Fur Was So Matted They Couldn't Move, Now They're Completely Transformed

When pets fall on hard times, it’s amazing to watch people rally together to make things better. It’s contagious, almost: When you see sad little faces and hear horrible backstories, there’s something that just tugs at you to find a way to help.

Furry Friends Refuge in West Des Moines, Iowa, recently encountered a disturbing situation. On Jan. 7, someone dropped off nine pups in bad shape.

Nine bichon frises stuffed into two small wire crates, many of them terribly matted and flea-infested, were found on the rescue’s property. Andrea Touzani, the manager, told The Dodo that the dogs must have come from an irresponsible breeder or hoarder, and that law enforcement is on the case.

“Today, we found 9 dogs being left in our parking lot,” the rescue posted on Facebook. “After taking them in and getting them checked over these guys were in clear need of help.”

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“Most were matted to the point that it was pinching their skin, fleas were buried in the matted fur, and a number need dental care and treatment for ear infections. These guys will require patience as most are not well socialized.”

“Please help by donating or fostering while we get these guys spayed and neutered and tend to their medical needs.” Fortunately, people stepped up to foster the nine bichons, but there was still the matter of their coats.

Would you adopt these dogs?

Someone noticed their state and story because of the shelter’s Facebook post, and offered her services. “Did you get them completely groomed or did you just shave the Matted parts off?” Chrissy Elliott commented on the rescue’s post.

“I own bark n bubbles down the street I will do full groom on all of them for free before they go to a home.”

The rescue took Elliott up on her offer, and not long after, Bark N Bubbles posted pictures of the pups — but they were barely recognizable as the sad, dirty, matted creatures they’d been before.

“On Saturday we groomed these little ones,” Bark N Bubbles wrote. “4 of the 7 groomed. It’s crazy to see the before and after they did so good considering they have had no grooming prior.”

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“Sneak peek at the amazing transformation these sweet kids received from Bark N Bubbles, LLC!” the rescue posted on Jan. 13. “The ‘Out of this world 9’ are starting to look like bichons again!”

While the pups are not available yet, they have all been placed in foster homes where they will continue to receive attention, affection and socialization. They’ll finally have a chance to become well-rounded individuals, getting their shot at happiness after the ordeal they’ve faced.

They are still very timid and have a lot to work through. The shelter is not accepting adoption applications at the moment, but you can follow the shelter’s Facebook page for updates.

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
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