An unexpected friend transforms abused dog, Grace

 In Blog, Hurt to Healed

We rescued Grace in February of 2014 after receiving a call on our helpline from a concerned neighbor who had seen her stumble out from behind some brambles and walk past his home. When our ambulance arrived to rescue her, we found her emaciated and almost unconscious, with a piece of clutch wire wrapped through her mouth and tied behind her head. The wire had embedded into the skin causing a wound more than an inch wide from one side of her mouth all the way around to the other.

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Grace, moments after arriving at the Animal Aid shelter

We immediately treated her for pain and infection, and then cut the embedded wire away.

The wire that had been tied through Grace's mouth for many days.

The wire that had been tied through Grace’s mouth for many days.

After her wounds were cleaned and she was given I.V. fluids, we put Grace in a blanket in a kennel, and that’s where she stayed sleeping for several days. She didn’t look up when we entered her kennel to feed her, and she hardly moved at all. She was utterly exhausted physically and emotionally and had not an ounce of energy left to use.

Grace slept almost constantly for many days,  not even lifting her head to eat.

Grace slept almost constantly for many days, not even lifting her head to eat.

Finally, her wounds did heal, and her physical pain went away. But her deep rooted fear and unease hadn’t improved. She didn’t want to be pet and sat by herself, not even interacting with other dogs. We tried and tried to make friends with her, but as soon as we came near, no matter how slowly and quietly, she always got up and walked away. We could tell that Grace knew she was safe, but she didn’t have any joy. She never wagged her tail, and she never played.

In a last attempt to improve Grace’s life, we shifted her into another area of the shelter and introduced her to another dog who lives in Animal Aid’s sanctuary, Laban.

The results were nothing short of miraculous. Watch the video above to join us in smiling ear to ear at the sight of the all new Grace.

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  • Lindy

    Hi all you fantastic people at Animal Aid. Coming from. Australia , where we never see such images of cruelty (even. Though I am not so naive to think that cruelty does not exist here ) the plight of these animals is horrific and very confronting

    You are all Angels for these animals, delivering what we all need: love.

  • elly

    Deep deep respect i have for you all there, you all have your heart at the wright place, every day i think of you all and all the animals offcourse. They won the lottery being saved by people like you there. I will donate as much and long as i can, i wish i was with you all!!!

  • Martine Michelle

    You restore my faith in humans… THANK YOU!

  • Billy

    Hi All,
    You are all the most amazing compassionate people who dedicate your time and money to helping these sick and injured animals who otherwise would die. I cannot express who thankful I am that you are there to carry on this wonderful work. I do donate and will continue to do so and who know, one day i may even travel out there for a couple of weeks on one of your volunteer schemes to help you and the animals.
    Bless You All xxx

  • Rebecca

    Such an act of cruelty was committed, it truly is a miracle that Grace has recovered both physically and spiritually. Thank you, you good people of Animal Aid Unlimited.

  • Rebecca

    There’s also a donation coming your way, it’s what I can contribute from far away!

  • Marta

    GOD BLESS YOU FOR ALL THE GOOD YOU ARE DOING TO THOSE NEEDED CREATURES, WHO DEPEND ON HUMANS JUST BECAUSE WE DECIDED SO.

    THE UNIVERSE WILL GIVE YOU IN RETURN A LOT OF BLESSINGS FOR ALL THE EFFORT YOU ARE DOING, HELPING AND LOVING THEM.

    IT IS MY WISH THAT THOSE WHO HURT OR ABUSE THEM, SHALL VANISH FROM THE EARTH.

  • Gail

    You are all angels for helping these poor innocent animals. It breaks my heart to watch their pain, but at the same time, I am happy that you are able to treat them and take care of them. I will send money as much as I can from time to time.

  • Jacek Prus

    What an inspring story, incredible come back. Power of love. It is amazing what y’all are doing, I had the privaledge to shortly volunteer last summer and the energy, the fierce compassion for life showed me how beautiful and possible it is for us to implement positive change. Thank you all for the beautiful work and all the lives you save.

  • Katrina

    That really is an amazing transformation….but it’s so sad to think of what this poor girl must have gone through before you rescued her. I’m so glad she’s now safe forever at your amazing shelter.

  • Amanda

    I just seen the story on Grace and omg i cryed i just want to say Thank you so much for healing her she does look so much happier now. I dont see how people can be that mean and cruel im glad you guys were there for her. You guys are a real blessing thank you how is she doing now anyways?. Im from the u.s.a i wish i can take her home i really do 🙁

  • Linda

    Ah SO SO beautiful to see this to see Grace sssso happy, at last love has set her free.

  • Tom

    I am very thankful to you guys out there and nothing could match for all good you are doing. I know God is watching you and He will not forget what you did. Thank you again guys and I will pray always to God that He will also take care of you for all the good thing you’ve done to all the creatures there. You are really wonderful guys. We love you guys. I’m from the Philippines and I also have a dog here.

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