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They may have looked hopeless and heartbroken when they wound up in rescue, but these incredible shelter dog makeovers prove any dog just needs a little love.
A good bath can transform a dog’s life in more ways than one. The sad truth, however, is that less than half of the three million dogs entering shelters each year are getting the necessary grooming they need.
That’s why Wahl has teamed up with GreaterGood.org to donate funds and grooming supplies to shelters nationwide. The goal: Transform more than 20,000 dogs this year to get them ready for adoption.
To promote their goal and help get the dogs adopted, Wahl launched the sixth annual Dirty Dogs Contest. Ten of the most dramatic transformations from the gallery have been selected to participate with public votes determining the top three winners.
Just take a look at the top 10 amazing shelter dog transformations!
The animal shelters or rescue groups affiliated with these transformations will receive monetary grants to further support their efforts. First place takes home $5,000, second place receives $2,000 and third place earns $1,000.
The Dirty Dogs Contest runs from August 8 – 21, 2017. To vote for one of the shelters, visit the Wahl Pets Facebook Page. Winners will be announced August 22, 2017.
“We all know first impressions are important, but for shelter dogs it can make the difference between life and death,” says Shay Moeller, pet product manager for Wahl. “While rescue organizations work tirelessly, many dogs aren’t getting properly groomed due to a lack of resources. The effects of a life on the street can often overshadow the beauty that lives inside these dogs, and too often they are overlooked by adoptive families.”
Thanks to donations of Wahl’s pet shampoos, since 2012 pet shelters nationwide have been able to transform more than 90,000 dogs. Hundreds of these amazing makeovers have been captured through photos in the Dirty Dogs Before & After Gallery (dirtydogsgallery.com). What makes this gallery unique is that visitors can see what each dog looked like when they arrived at the shelter, and after they were cleaned up. The site also allows visitors to search for adoptable dogs in their area, learn more about their stories and share them on social media.
I believe groomers should be licensed.