Flea-Covered Pup Abandoned in Shelter Night Drop-Box Gets Incredible Makeover

When the scruffy little dog arrived through the night drop-off at Animal Friends of the Valleys shelter, it was clear he had been seriously neglected. His fur was matted, his skin covered in scabs and sores from a severe flea and tick infestation. But as groomer Mel began meticulously cleaning him up, an incredible spirit shone through. (watch video below)

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“He was so loving and trusting, even after all that neglect and abandonment,” marvels Rocky Kanaka, a pet rescue advocate who witnessed the dog’s arrival. “It’s a testament to what we can learn from dogs about resilience.”

A Fitting Name for a Survivor

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As Mel worked her grooming magic, removing the fleas one by one with a medicated bath, the formerly unnamed pup seemed to bask in the warm attention and care. Kanaka felt the need to give this courageous survivor a name befitting his unbroken spirit.

“I decided to call him Ringo Star,” Kanaka says. “It just felt so perfect for this handsome little guy.”

A Lucky Break for Ringo

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Though the details of Ringo’s former life and abandonment are unknown, caregivers suspected he was relinquished by his owners based on the extent of his neglect. But a happier chapter was about to begin.

Kanaka shares the uplifting update: “I have some good news about little Ringo Star – he’s been adopted! Yes, after all he’s been through, this brave boy is getting his fairy-tale ending.”

Fostering Hope and Spreading Joy

For Kanaka, who frequently shares rescue animal stories through social media, Ringo’s journey encapsulates the life-changing power of animal welfare initiatives. Each adoption, he says, fosters hope and spreads joy.

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“If this story put a smile on your face, consider supporting your local shelter,” Kanaka says. “they make happy endings like Ringo’s possible.”

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