Sabrina's Road to Recovery

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Raised by 28 people in 20 months
SAVING SABRINA: A Happy Pittie With An Unhappy Story

Sabrina is a five-year-old pit bull recently pulled from a kill shelter in New Jersey. In most ways, she’s the perfect dog: even-tempered, loving, good with kids, dog-friendly, and great with new people! Volunteers and employees who’ve worked with her can’t stop gushing about how trusting she is, and Sabrina’s gentle demeanor is a huge hit at adoption events.

Unfortunately, this happy girl has struggled to find an adopter because of a very UNhappy life story.

Sabrina was originally rescued from a shelter in New Jersey two years ago, when she was about 3. We don’t know any details about her life prior to her initial rescue, but it was obvious that she’d been heavily used for breeding—even at 3 years old, her poor body was torn up and worn out from having too many puppies. She was adopted, and it seemed like she was finally on her way to a better life.

Two years later, sweet Sabrina was surrendered again. Her owner told the shelter that Sabrina was simply no longer wanted. Shockingly, we discovered that Sabrina had never been spayed during her first round at the shelter; somehow, she’d been adopted out without the procedure, and it was clear from her condition upon her return that she’d since had yet ANOTHER litter (or more) of puppies. We don’t know if she was purposefully bred or if these new babies were accidental, but we do know one thing: Sabrina has been through enough!

Although she’s only 5, Sabrina has severe health issues that need attention, all of which stem from her overbreeding. Although her stretched stomach and hanging nipples are not medically concerning, it’s her legs, hips and reproductive system that need urgent attention. Her pregnancies and births have interfered with hip and leg function, and she’s no longer able to squat comfortably, even to relieve herself. This precious girl needs corrective cranial cruciate repair surgery to fix the doggy equivalent of a torn ACL, and we’re also determined to FINALLY spay her and prevent any further, dangerous pregnancies.

Sabrina is such a special girl, and we’re determined to give her the chance she deserves at a happy life! It’s truly astounding that she’s been through so much and remains so warm and affectionate—she really is an angel of a pooch. In order to make her more adoptable, Shelter Chic has resolved to help fund her surgeries. This will lessen the financial burden on any potential adopter, and give Sabrina a big leg up (literally and figuratively) on her search for a new forever home!

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We all knew what had to be done... and Steve officially adopted Sabrina <3
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When asking Steve how he felt about Sabrina, he described her as his "other half"
other half
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It became clear, after we looked for a forever home for Sabrina, that nothing would come close to the connection she had with her foster dad Steve
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Steve worked hard taking care of Sabrina, and after some time, she was able to start walking without her wheelchair!
Without the Wheel Chair!
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$2,770 of $4,000 goal

Raised by 28 people in 20 months
Funds raised will benefit:
Shelter Chic, Inc.
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New York, NY
EIN: 471735208
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