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Dirty Dogs Contest 2019

Half of all dogs entering shelters are not getting the grooming they need, which often hurts their chances of adoption. But thanks to donations, shelters across the country are working to transform more than 20,000 dogs this year — helping them to find a forever home.

Wahl and GreaterGood.org have partnered for the eighth year to bring you our annual Dirty Dogs Contest! Public votes will determine the top three winners. The animal shelters or rescue groups affiliated with these dogs will receive cash grants to further support their efforts.

The Finalists:

The ten finalists below are competing in our eighth annual Dirty Dogs Contest and your votes will determine the top three winners. The animal shelters or rescue groups affiliated with these dogs will receive cash grants to further support their efforts.

To see these pups’ after photos and submit your vote, click here.

Odie

Odie’s owners lost their home and had to surrender him to a rescue. He arrived scared and with thick, matted fur. With temperatures at nearly 100 degrees, he desperately needed to be groomed.

Arlo

Arlo was found by the side of a country highway. His rescuers don’t know much about his life prior to his rescue, but at about 10 years old, it’s clear he’s had a long rough road.

Berkeley

Berkeley was living a life with little to no care, never even being allowed inside. What’s worse, his one companion, a senior St. Bernard, had recently passed away. Luckily things turned around for Berkeley.

Gaston

Gaston arrived at his rescue nearly unrecognizable as a dog, let alone a poodle. Neglected for years and only used for breeding, his life was bleak. 

Zorro

At only seven months old, Zorro was rescued from a rural field. With nearly no fur and crusty scabs covering his skin, his rescuers couldn’t even tell what kind of dog he was. Due to some health issues as well as neglect, this sweet puppy was in constant discomfort.  

Ollie

Ollie was originally found by animal control, but thankfully found his way to a rescue. Once safe, he was given a desperately needed grooming to remove painful mats.

Jasper

Jasper was surrendered to a shelter when his owners decided he wasn’t a good fit for their family. At just two years old, Jasper was a world of energy, and it was clear he wasn’t getting the exercise, care or attention he deserved. 

Dexter

Dexter was found living on the streets, and it was clear he’d had it rough for a long time. He was a mess of matted dreadlocks so long he could barely see. However, under all that uncomfortable fur was a sweet boy who sat patiently as burrs, foxtails and even pieces of plastic were cut out of his coat.

Griffin

Griffin was in a kill shelter before being saved by the local Humane Society. He was in horrific shape as the severe matting was causing nerve damage in his back legs and irritating his sensitive eyes.

Gallagher

Gallagher was rescued from animal control where he’d arrived as a stray. A dirty, matted and miserable mess, during Gallagher’s grooming he had to lose most of his fur.

To see these pups’ after photos and submit your vote, click here.

You can submit one vote daily. Voting ends 11:59 pm CST Aug 19th.

You can help support non-finalist shelters too. Browse the before and after gallery below, like or share an adoptable pet on social media or reach out and adopt one of these amazing animals. See all our submissions here!

by czarina, August 6, 2019