Bethany, a nine-month-old Labrador Retriever mix, was born with a twisted snout and droopy face, but it does not affect her health.
A kind person rescued her mother from the streets of Romania before she had the puppies. The stray dog gave birth to five puppies, four with droopy faces.
Every year, Safe Rescue For Dogs in Norwich, Norfolk, travels to Romania to rescue dogs to help with the overpopulation of stray animals. Bethany and some of her siblings were brought back to the UK after being examined by a vet, who said that she is a healthy and happy pup. The vet believes that her disfigured face may be due to being part Pekingese.
Although her face is disfigured, she acts just like any other puppy. She can eat and drink without assistance. She loves to run, play, cuddle and just wants a loving home that will treat her like a normal dog.
Zoe Casey, volunteer at the shelter, is currently fostering Bethany until she finds a forever home. She said, “There’s absolutely nothing wrong with Bethany – she doesn’t even snore when she’s asleep.” Bethany already comes when called and walks well on a leash. She loves other dogs and kids and her foster mom said, “She’s happy-go-lucky and absolutely lovely.”
All the shelter wants is for someone to look past her disfigured face and see the amazing dog she is.
“There is an attitude of people looking for the picture-perfect dog but I think people need to look a bit deeper. We hope Bethany finds a normal family who treats her like a normal dog because she is normal even if she doesn’t look it. We just want a nice, run-of-the-mill family who will look after her and not see what she looks like but what she is, an amazing dog. What she looks like is irrelevant because her heart is pure gold.”
The shelter performs home checks on all adopted dogs and is hoping for find loving homes for Bethany and her siblings. “Bethany has an ever wagging tail and gives the best cuddles, she is unphased by her disfigurement because she’s never known any other way to be,” posted the shelter.
If you are interested in adopting this sweet pup you can contact the shelter. She is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and ready to have a loving family of her own.
Watch her cuddle up to her foster mom in the video below. Remember to adopt not shop!
Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast that resides in West Michigan. When not writing, she is exploring the great outdoors with her dogs and horses.
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