We say this time and time again yet there are still dog owners out there that don’t get it: DOGS ARE FAMILY. They rely on us just as our children do. So why not care for them? It’s simple. You bring a dog into your life, you give them what they need, and what they want.

We realize there are some I Love My Dog followers who don’t want to see stories like this one. But we must do our part to raise awareness. We must spread the word about the survivors to show the world that just because a dog goes through tragedy does not mean they are forever broken. Many people assume shelter dogs and dogs that survive abuse are not adoptable. Well, that just isn’t true!

This is Angel’s story. Angel was purposely starved and on the brink of death. She was rescued in the nick of time. Her organs had begun to shut down. As you can see from her face, she is in pain, weak and afraid. Every bone on her body painfully showed.

Angel’s body wasn’t just shutting down but so was she. Being unloved and mistreated for this long had really broken her down. But that was all about to change– now that she was in the care of loving people.

For a while, it was touch and go. At this stage of starvation, survival is uncertain. But she had really smart people in her corner that knew just what to do. They fed her small amounts of food throughout the day. She was also given IV nutrition, antibiotics, and medicine for pain.

Each day, Angel improved. As Rescue From The Hart says in their video, “We lent her our strength, until one day she found her own,” is so profound. But as you will see, they were spot on! Angel took their lead. They saw positivity in their eyes and believed them when they told her that she is now loved and will be okay. And then… she stood up all on her own! Do you know how incredible that is?!

With a steady diet and continued medical care, Angel gained weight. Her body was no longer weak. She looked so healthy and was beginning to understand what it meant to be a dog.

She made friends at her foster home and then Angel received the best news possible– Angel found a forever home!

While we do understand the desire to remain blissfully unaware of animal abuse is sometimes easier, it’s not the answer. When you love animals to the core, fighting for their well-being is truly the epitome of compassion. Getting stories out there, like Angel’s, is how rescue groups survive. They operate on donations from animal lovers like us. It’s not just about giving money. It’s also about sharing stories like Angel’s so people can see exactly what happens when rescuers do their job when they have the resources they need.

We ask that you continue to share stories of survival, like Angel’s, so rescue groups can continue to thrive. And animals like Angel get forever homes.

Right at this moment, there are thousands of dogs just like Angel languishing in shelters waiting for their happily ever after. Many will be euthanized while potential adopters go out and buy dogs from breeders. Spread the word so these dogs can find homes. They deserve it!

Click play on the video below to see Angel’s amazing story!