Originally named Ella as a terribly abused and neglected stray at the county shelter in Fort Lauderdale, a young pit bull now named Stella, has gone from abused to loved and is now loving life and her foster family. Stella is a shining example of what can happen when the community comes together.
Upon arrival at the shelter it was obvious that Stella had been abused and even attacked by other dogs. Her face was swollen, she was scarred and had internal injuries from possible beatings. Local animal lovers in Broward County, Florida pitched in with donations to help Little Paws of Love rescue her from the shelter and get her into veterinary care. It took nearly a month of medical intervention before she could be placed with a foster.
Once her medical care was addressed, her foster family began large doses of love to address her emotional scars. While love heals even the deepest of wounds, Stella needed additional help to get past some of her fears and impulses due to her past experiences. Sandra Machado, of Learned Behaviors Dog Training agreed to donate her expertise to help Stella and her highly committed foster family: “We work with manners and impulse control and like a true Pit, she picked up really fast. Her [foster] family is amazing and she is loved, not only by them, but by her extended family as well. This is one of the happy ending cases that keep us going and doing what we do.”
Kristin Light Arias who runs Little Paws was explained that ” Ella [Stella] was very badly abused & spent about a month at our vet recovering from external & internal injuries from her abuse. We are happy to say she is thriving in her foster home! Her before & now pictures say it all. Despite her abuse, she is so loving and affectionate with her foster family, especially their young son! Special thanks to an amazing foster family that opened their hearts & home to a dog that just needed a chance at life. There are so many like Ella out there. Please consider fostering. Save a life.”
It’s easy to see from her photos that Stella has truly recovered both inside and out, and that the community’s embrace made this a true success story. Her “village” of extended family included shelter staff, rescue volunteers, veterinary staff, donors, social media supporters, volunteer trainer and foster family members. Stella’s extended family hopes her stunning success will inspire others to step up and do the same for so many other dogs like Stella, who can often recover from abuse if given a chance.