Top 10 Dirty Dog Contest Makeovers Revealed

Lori Ennis
by Lori Ennis
Wahl Pet Products teamed up with to prove that beauty really doesn’t have to be skin deep–and that there’s nothing like a makeover to make a shelter dog look like a million bucks.

Wahl Pet Products and have teamed up for the eighth year to prove that dogs can have rags-to-riches stories too.

Steven Yde is the division vice president for Wahl. He said that sadly, millions of dogs enter shelters every year and barely half of them get the grooming they desperately need. They’re looked at as ‘damaged goods’ because of the way they look. Wahl Pet Products hopes their donations and sponsorships of these miraculous makeovers inspires people to look beyond what they see on the surface of shelter pups.

Wahl has donated pet shampoo since 2012 to transform more than 130,000 dogs nationwide. Their generous donations help get dogs ready for adoption and many have been part of the Dirty Dogs Contest. The Dirty Dogs Before & After Photo Gallery is unique because it gives people the opportunity to see what each dog looked like before they had their makeover. Visitors to the site can look for adoptable dogs in their areas and learn more about their favorite made-over dogs.

And speaking of favorite dogs, Wahl is also sponsoring the Dirty Dogs Contest. They’ve chosen ten of the most dramatic makeovers from the gallery and the public will get to vote on the top three winners. The animal shelters/rescue groups who are part of the winning transformations will win monetary grants to help their efforts. First place wins $5,000, with second place winning $2,000 and third place wins $1,000. The Dirty Dog Contest runs through August 19, 2019, so head over there and vote for your favorite.

To further support shelter dog efforts, Wahl will be donating a free bottle of shampoo to a shelter in need with every purchase you make of grooming products they have available on their site (use the code BUY1GIVE1).

And, now, without further ado…the Top 10 Dirtiest Dog Makeovers:

Griffin: Poor Griffin was saved by the local Humane Society in Dalron, Georgia. He turned into a different dog once he was free from all that fur and he’s living the good life in his forever home.

Gallagher: Gallagher originally was turned into animal control as a stray and lost much of his fur. He is from the Humane Society of Morgan County in Madison, Georgia, and he’s living his best life being regularly pampered.

Dexter: Dexter had been on the streets for a long while and his matted dreadlocks were so long he could barely see. He is from Cause for SB Paws in San Bernadino, California, and is living with his forever family who fell in love with his after pictures.

Arlo: Arlo was taken to a local shelter after he’d been found on a highway. He had painful mats and has some vision and hearing issues. He is very loved by his foster family with Lost Fantasy Rescue in Ceres, Virginia, but he’d really love a home of his own. Are you his forever family?

Berkeley: Berkeley was living with a family that didn’t allow him inside and he’d lost his best senior fur-buddy–a St. Bernard who passed. He was rescued with Paws-N-Claws Rescue and Rehab in Faros, Iowa and after losing five pounds of muddy fur, he’s looking for love in all the right places. Is your home it?

Ollie: Ollie was rescued from animal control by Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and is a happy dog with all that fur gone. He has been adopted and revels in treats and belly rubs, as it should be.

Gaston: Gaston did NOT look like a poodle when he arrived at National Mill Dog Rescue in Peyton, Colorado. But, a makeover was just what this poor neglected pup needed and he’s living with his forever family as a pampered pup.

Zorro: Poor Zorro was covered in crusty scabs and you couldn’t even tell what kind of dog he might have even been. He was cleaned and medicated for neglect issues and now the gentle German Shepherd from German Shepherd Rescue Orange County in Newport Beach, California is at home forever with one of the volunteers. Yay!

Odie: Odie’s owners not only lost their home, but had to surrender Odie as well. He was in desperate need of grooming and once he was, his true and happy character has come out. He is from Beagles and Buddies in Apple Valley, California and is looking for his new home and forever family. Maybe it’s you?

Jasper: Jasper was an owner surrender at two-years-old but bless him, he just needed some grooming and understanding that young dogs need to get energey out. He loves rolling in mud and then taking baths after. He’s from Women’s Animal Center in Bensalem, Pennsylvania and is looking for his forever family. Is this cutie your new best friend?

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