Carly is one resilient pup. On May 21, Annie Hart, the founder of the Los Angeles-based Bill Foundation, received a call from the woman into whose yard Carly had chanced to stop in. Her hair was terribly matted and soiled and her eyes and face bore the signs of burns and infection.
As Hart tells the Huffington Post, the woman took Carly to a Los Angeles County shelter, but because the system is “so severely overcrowded and under-funded,” the woman was unable to get an impound number for Carly unless she waited for several hours in line.
In order to locate Carly in the vast shelter system, Hart reached out to her connections in the animal rescue world. It was four days before a shelter volunteer recognized Carly and contacted Hart, who rushed over to find her. As she says,
“Despite being in a massive amount of pain, Carly was incredibly sweet and happy as soon as we took her out of the cage. All she wanted to do was run around, play and snuggle up with us.”
Hart took Carley to a veterinarian, Dr. Lisa Youn, who undertook the painful process of shaving off Carly’s years of matted fur. As she had wounds and extensive infections in her eyes, ears and skin, Carly had to remain at the hospital for the better part of a week while receiving medication.
Dr. Youn was so taken by Carly that she asked Hart if she could do something she had never done before, to be Carly’s foster mother. As a result, Dr. Youn spent the next four months caring for Carly.
After four months, a forever home for Carly was found and she is now living happily with her new family. Hart’s Bill Foundation has uploaded a video to YouTube that documents Carly’s remarkable recovery and resilience.
Says Hart of Carly who, despite living for years neglected and abused, does not have any long-term health issues:
“Watching her blossom into the beautiful pup she was always meant to be was a joy for all of us at Bill Foundation and a reminder just what is possible with a little love and hope…. Her eyes still have a bit of scarring on them, but she wears her scars proudly, reminding us all that we, too, can heal.”
What you can really see in the video is that, despite all the suffering she endured, Carly has an ebullient, unquenchable spirit. When Hart meets her in the animal shelter and while she is being examined at Dr. Youn’s, Carly is animated and just intent on taking everything in.
As wrenching as it is to know that too many animals are mistreated as Carly was, it is something to see how, with attention and love, she has been able to recover and that she has a family whose members know how lucky they are that Carly is with them.
Photo Credit: Bill Foundation