Almost everyone adores cute dogs. However, it is important to remember that all dogs, regardless of their physical appearance, deserve love and care. Unfortunately, animal shelters have noticed that “ugly” dogs are often overlooked for adoption, leading them to convince potential adopters to look past superficial traits.
One dog’s physical deformity resulted in his family abandoning him without any concern for his well-being. Thankfully, a group of compassionate rescuers stepped in to provide him with the attention and affection he desperately needed. This extraordinary dog, named Bjarni, was picked up by animal control authorities in Huntsville, Texas in 2015.
Bjarni’s journey was marked by the absence of half of his nose and part of his lips, misaligned teeth, and bite scars from an attack by another animal. These deformities made it difficult for him to eat and breathe. Although Bjarni’s owners were located, they heartbreakingly showed no interest in reclaiming their dog and allegedly abandoned him to his fate.
Back at the shelter, Bjarni’s family turned their backs on him. Thankfully, several guardian angels stepped in to provide the necessary care for this sick canine. Upon hearing Bjarni’s story, Anne Graber, the founder of the Texas animal rescue group St. Francis’ Angels, decided to take him in and promised to care for him until he was ready for adoption. Despite his disfigurements, Graber describes Bjarni as “vivacious and charming.”
Graber was determined to help fix Bjarni’s face and began searching for groups that could perform the necessary surgery. She eventually reached out to Jason Balara, a veterinarian at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists, who agreed to fix Bjarni’s nose. St. Francis’ Angels utilized their Facebook page to raise funds for the medical expenses, and the response from generous donors was overwhelming. In total, $5,100 was raised to cover the cost of the surgery.
During the procedure, Bjarni underwent facial reconstruction, with his nose and sinus cavities being adjusted. Dr. Graber expressed confidence that not only would this make Bjarni more appealing for potential adopters, but it would also enhance his overall well-being by facilitating better breathing and eating. The outcome of the surgery was astounding, as Bjarni emerged from it transformed, resembling an entirely new dog.
Bjarni’s surgical procedure brought a breath of fresh air into his existence… And a few months down the line, he found himself embraced by a brand-new family. Graber expressed her joy in supporting Bjarni, as she was well aware of the alternate course his life may have taken without this much-needed help.
Do not hesitate to spread his amazing story with your friends and loved ones!