Neglected Dog Gets A Second Chance At Life After Owner’s Death

If there’s one thing that warms the heart for sure, it’s reading a story of an animal being rescued from a life of pain and suffering. One such lucky doggo is Ellie Mae who was neglected so badly that when she came to the shelter, it was nearly impossible to know what animal she was just by looking at her.

The Nebraska Humane Society gave Ellie Mae the dog a makeover that completely transformed her life. The canine was an unrecognizable tangle of messy hair, but after some love, attention and plenty of hard work, she was fresh and sparkling again. Stories like these really make you believe in the goodness of humanity once again.

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Ellie Mae the dog was brought to the shelter looking like this

Image credits: Nebraska Humane

Ellie Mae got a second shot at life after staff at the Nebraska Humane Society (NHS, but not to be confused with the more widely known British National Health Service) cut her fur and treated her injuries.

The doggo had a lot of health problems

The doggo was neglected after her owner died, and couldn’t even move. The entire process of cleaning up Ellie Mae was long and arduous. But the most difficult part was helping her get her strength back because she had plenty of health problems, including a hernia, muscle wasting, and arthritis.

Two weeks after she was brought to the shelter, you wouldn’t even believe that Ellie Mae had been suffering from overgrown matted hair. One Twitter user said that Ellie Mae “appears to be a Shih Tzu or maybe a Shih Tzu mix.”

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Ellie Mae looked unrecognizable after her makeover

The internet reacted with lots of support when they heard the doggo’s story. The story got more than 6,000 upvotes and over 136,000 views on Imgur when it was posted.

NHS has more than 146,600 followers on Facebook, 26,700 fans on Instagram and 32,300 supporters on Twitter. That’s a huge number of people who support what they do! NHS has had plenty of time to perfect what they do. Founded in 1875, it’s the fifth oldest humane society in the United States.

The society shelters animals “who have no place to call home.” NHS takes in over 30,000 animals (including wildlife!) each year. So it’s no wonder that it has a huge team: 150 staff members work at NHS, and a further 600 volunteers dedicate their time to help out animals just like Ellie Mae.

The internet went wild with love and support for Ellie Mae


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