Abused Dog Melody Gets Second Chance

Melody was brought to Hearts Alive Village by an independent rescuer who pulled her from a San Bernardino Shelter. 

Melody had been confiscated from a dogfighting ring in California. Used as a breeder dog, she’d had countless litters of puppies. Multiple scars covered her body and her teeth had been ground down.

We took her to Black Mountain Animal Hospital where Dr. Winn treated her for parasites and spayed her. All medical costs were covered by Hearts Alive Village. Next, it was time to treat her emotional scars.

The morning after we brought her to the Adoption Center, she met Christy at the front door. The 5-foot-tall kennel was no match for her.

She spent that evening in the office at the Adoption Center.

But when Christy arrived in the morning, she found that Melody had eaten the leather off the arm of the couch. Back to the vet, they went to remove the leather before it became a bowel instruction.

Christy realized that Melody wouldn’t be safe at the Adoption Center. She was extremely reactive around other dogs (who could blame her) and was too anxious to be left alone.

Christy decided to foster, sectioning off an area of her house for Melody to heal physically and emotionally.

A month and a half later, Melody was ready to meet members of the pack. Finch was up first, the smallest dog in the house.  Melody made friends. One by one, she met each of her doggy roommates and became one of the pack.

Christy officially adopted her.

When she brought the first foster puppy home, Christy realized that Melody was something special. She hooked her paw around the baby, pulled him close to her body, and licked the puppy. She was in heaven.

To this day, Melody has played foster mama to 30 puppies and dogs in need of love. She was so gentle with two special needs puppies, that Christy added them to her pack too.

“I’ll never know who did this to sweet Melody. They tried to crush her spirit, but she’s so loving, they just couldn’t.” – Christy

This Giving Tuesday, you can help us provide the care that these pets need to have a happy life. Thanks to a generous match from one of our donors, Howard Ash, there has never been a better time to give. All gifts up to $10,000 will be matched, but our goal is to raise $50,000.

Every animal deserves a second chance at a happy story. Hearts Alive Village has already saved more than 4,250 animals and with your help, we can save so many more.

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