A precious life should never be squandered. Dogs aren’t disposable yet we hear stories, time and time again, that they are left on the streets to fend for themselves. This poor baby was close to death. Barely surviving by eating leaves– her body continued to break down. Her mange was so severe, she hardly had any fur left.

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Slaughterhouse Survivors heard about the dog and raced to the scene. They could tell she had given up. She had accepted her terrible fate. The streets were now her home and this is where she would die from hunger or the cold. It was beyond heartbreaking.

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The rescuers picked her up and brought her to the medical clinic. They named the sweet dog ‘Pumpkin’. Pumpkin was very depressed. She didn’t even look revealed to be rescued. It seems the trauma had left its mark. Would her new caretakers be able to save her body and her soul?

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Her medical evaluation revealed that Pumpkin had a severe form of mange that had left her skin badly infected. Her body temperature was so low that it didn’t even give a read on the thermometer. She really was close to death! The vet confirms she would not have survived even a day longer out there. Wow, what a miracle they got to her when they did!

Pumpkin was put on IV fluids, antibiotics and pain medication. They also administered warm saline through her IV to bring her body temp up.

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But then Pumpkin goes in the total opposite direction and spikes a fever. The vet determines it’s the flu and she will recover, thank God!

Once Pumpkin got over the flu, the vet was able to remove her dead scaly skin. She looked like a baby hippo! Her caregivers could tell she began to feel better. She ate more and even made an effort to stand. Next, Pumpkin needed surgery for her cherry eyes. And she did great!

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Even Pumpkin’s fur began to grow in! Her daily medicated baths worked great! And then the rescuers got the best news! The rescue group Road Dogs had found her a family in Los Angeles! Pumpkin would soon be in her forever home!

Pumpkin’s new family lives close to the beach and she LOVES walking on the sand. They gave her a new name for a fresh start: Kennedy! Her mom says Kennedy always walks close to her ankles to make sure she’s never left behind again. She also has a thing for peanut butter!

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Kennedy adores her new family. She loves to play and has a favorite ball that’s all her own. She even has a doggy sibling!

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Life couldn’t get much better than this. The little dog that was moments from death is now living her best life–  all because rescuers refused to give up on the little, wrinkly warrior.

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Enjoy your happy life, Kennedy. You deserve it! Scroll down and play the video to see Kennedy’s complete rescue and transformation. And don’t forget to share so others understand the importance of animal rescue and adoption. So many deserving animals need homes!