Puppy Who Was Thrown In Trash Has Become A Therapy Dog

A puppy, who was quite literally discarded like trash, has grown up to be a therapy dog. The pup, who is now known as “Ivy,” and her siblings were found in a dumpster two years ago in Rockford, Illinois. Thankfully, the newborn puppies were discovered before the unthinkable happened.


The puppies were taken to the non-profit animal shelter, Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary, and cared for until they were old enough to be placed up for adoption.


Ivy now lives with the Walker family, who met her at the shelter, and quickly fell in love. Her adoptive family includes two other Chihuahuas (Daisy and Charlie, who aren’t her biological siblings).


Ivy has left her dismal past far, far behind. Today she spends her time spreading joy as a therapy dog, regularly visiting St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. Her owner, Jennifer Walker, told WAFF News, “That she contributes to society and makes people better at the hospital is very rewarding, and we’re so proud of the joy that she brings to people.” Ivy’s sweet demeanor gives patients a reason to smile.


The shelter who cared for Ivy is quite proud of the little dog’s accomplishments as well. On Tuesday, the shelter posted a WGN News video clip about the dumpster pup turns therapy dog, along with their own accolades for Ivy:

Ivy’s story is so inspiring! From tragic start to changing lives, animals like Ivy make all our hard work at the Ark worth it. We love hearing about our Alumni animals’ lives once they leave the Ark. Keep up the amazing work Ivy! And thank you to her adopters who noticed her potential and gave her such an amazing forever family.

Find the Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary Facebook page here.

In the happiest of tidbits to share…all of the so-called “dumpster puppies” found loving homes.

(Images via Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary Facebook page and screenshots WAFF News as well as Jennifer Walker)

Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at Examiner.com for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.