A special dog got a second chance at life after her owner surrendered her to the GBHS.
The GBHS received a Shih Tzu mix named Fifi on January 30th. When Fifi’s owner brought her to the facility, she had very matted fur due to being chained outside for a very long time.
Neither the owner nor the GBHS staff knew what she looked like under all her fur, but some sores were visible on her skin.
Once the staff began to groom her, they realized the mattes in her fur had begun to intertwine with her skin. They could not shave her because that would make it even worse, so they had to cut the mattes as close to her skin as possible.
By the time the GBHS staff was done grooming Fifi she looked like a burn patient, with sores from her muzzle to the tip of her tail. One staff member said, “We honestly didn’t know what to expect when we were cutting her hair off. We weren’t sure if it was going to be too bad for us to keep her.”
Luckily, Fifi is a fighter and made it through the beginning of her painful healing process. She is currently in a foster home to facilitate her recovery.
Fifi will be available for adoption in about a month, so keep your eyes peeled to find this sweet girl a loving family!
If you’re interested in helping the GBHS save more lives by becoming a foster, click here for more information.
UPDATE FEBRUARY 27, 2013
Fifi’s amazing foster mom said Fifi loves going on morning walks, and is getting used to the jacket she wears over her body. She is also very alert and likes to keep an eye on the birds, squirrels and anything else that moves.