It’s been said that the pearl is “the queen of gems and the gem of queens”. And this week, a dog-loving family in Alabama celebrated a happy milestone – their one-year anniversary of giving Pearl, a gem of a girl, a fresh start in a new life.
Rescued in December 2016 during a drug raid in Alabama, Pearl was one of more than 20 dogs taken into custody by animal control officers. Numerous scars and injuries, including bite marks to the dog’s faces, lead them to believe that they had been part of a dog-fighting ring on the property.
After the raid, Pearl and the other rescued dogs were cared for by the Greater Birmingham Humane Society. Over the course of a year, most of these dogs passed away due to illness or injuries they had sustained. Two were adopted. And Pearl waited for her chance.
In 2017, a local family made the decision to foster Pearl. When she first arrived at their home, Pearl was emotionally shut down. The foster family said,
“Pearl refused to eat, would sit in the corner and not interact with their other dogs.”
Eventually Pearl began eating and socializing with other animals, earning the family’s trust. The shelter now hoped that the right adoptive family would find Pearl, and see past her rough start. And their wish came true!
Her humans say that, though shy a first, she’s become a great addition to their family. Though initially very cautious about Pearl, considering her past life, her new owner said “she shows no signs of aggression whatsoever. She’s just a gentle soul”. She’s come out of her shell and is “just a fun dog”.
Her new family feels that taking a chance and adopting Pearl was a ‘no- brainer, a positive experience’. What they thought was a risky decision turned out to be ‘no risk at all!’ They took a chance and found a Pearl of great price. Now she can frequently be found investigating smells in the underbrush with her best friend, a collie mix named Birdie.
Transplanted from a life of fighting and abuse into a new home fit for the queen she was meant to be. Sometimes all it takes to transform a dog is a good home. If you want more heartwarming stories about animals, watch this episode, ShelterMe : Second Chances, starring Edie Falco.