There’s no underestimating the transformative power of kindness, compassion and love. Just ask this sweet puppy named Ellen.
For her, they’ve changed everything.
Earlier this month, 5-month-old Ellen was living on the streets of Fresno, California — a stray dog without a friend in the world. By the time a local shelter picked her up, her health was so poor that the director there reached out to Shirley Zindler of the Dogwood Animal Rescue Project for help.
Despite her young age, Ellen seemed to have already given up hope.
Zindler, a seasoned animal rescuer, was shocked by Ellen’s condition after bringing her home.
Though Ellen might have felt that things would never improve, her rescuers knew she was worth saving.
The dog’s rescuers soon set her on the path to recovery — both in body and in spirit.
The impact of all this love now in Ellen’s life couldn’t be clearer.
Ellen still has a ways to go before her body heals completely, and a fresh coat of fur fills in the spots where her coat’s still patchy — but the sparkle in her eyes suggests her broken heart has been quicker to mend. And with adoption offers already rolling in, her future has never looked better.
Although it takes plenty of dedication and time to help sick and neglected animals heal, the improvement they make day to day comes as its own reward.