The situation they found themselves in was one of complete destruction. The Pitbull’s exhausted body hung from the rescuer’s hands and remained motionless.
Earlier this year, a rescuer found a two-year-old Pointer mix on the streets of Tijuana. The poor animal, now named Dwayne, desperately searched for food while the neighborhood residents beat him with hot water and stones, affected by his deformities.
The rescuer then found the dog’s original owner, who had pried its mouth open with a string doll and whipped it frequently.
The individual was serving time for unrelated crimes. Dwayne was forced to fight for himself in the streets. To complicate matters, he was attacked by two large dogs, which caused him to shake and almost took off his ears.
Thanks to the rescuer, the dog happily arrived at the Helen Woodward Animal Center, an animal care center located in Rancho Santa Fe, California, which has a fervent belief that “living things help humans and humans help living things.” through trust, unconditional love and respect.”
From Horrific Abuse to Caring Hands
Despite all the horrendous treatment the dog had endured, he had only love to offer every person he met. He would lower his head, offer a lick, and gently lean against anyone who approached.
Center Helen Woodward was determined to give Dwayne the life he deserved. Over months, specialists repaired his severely malformed front leg and elbow, as well as performing facial reconstruction surgery to repair the extreme mutilation of his nose and mouth.
Even renowned stem cell therapy institute, Vet-Stem Biopharma, stepped up to offer a cutting-edge treatment to aid in Dwayne’s healing process.
The technology harvests tissue from an injured animal and delivers the animal’s own healing stem cells back to the site of injury and throughout the body via IV. The procedure usually costs around $2,500, but Dr. Schaffer of Vet-Stem Biopharma was so moved by Dwayne’s story that he offered the procedure for free. Determined to use all modern medicine available to help heal his injuries, the Helen Woodward Center also provided laser therapy for the areas affected by his facial reconstruction surgeries. Laser treatments have been shown to speed up the healing process, reduce inflammation, and help with pain. The sweet puppy proved to be brave throughout the entire process.
Dwayne’s story touched the hearts of thousands of animal lovers who helped raise more than $40,000 for his recovery. By August 2017, the formerly abused and orphaned dog was ready to find his forever home.
To ensure the best possible home for this sweet boy, Helen Woodward Animal Center requested an essay of 100 words or less or a one-minute video to accompany each application, stating why the potential adopter would be the best fit for Dwayne, as well as as various requirements.
Generously, the center offered half of all of Dwayne’s lifetime medical expenses, as long as his new family brings him to the center for his continued treatment.
After many requests to find Dwayne his forever home, the center finally found the perfect match in Kelly Nelle. Now, Dwayne is forgetting his traumatic past and learning to be a dog again.
Dwayne has access to the couch, lots of toys to play with, and of course, the adoration of his human mom. We’re thrilled to see Dwayne beat the odds with his inspiring transformation.
Once hungry and unable to stand, he refused to give up. He now he has his happy ending. Tears of happiness!