Mirabel, a nine-year-old Jack Russell terrier was found in shocking condition. Not only did the pup not have a nose, she was found all alone on the streets of Kentucky. But that all changed.
A Good Samaritan saw the dog and didn’t just keep on going: they stopped to help. The person called Animal Control who wasted no time in getting to the scene.
Originally, Animal Control believed Mirabel was missing her nose and sadly, also her upper lip because of an accident. But upon closer inspection by veterinary staff, it was determined Mirabel was born with a congenital abnormality. Staff believes that sweet Mirabel was part of a puppy mill or a breeding operation and when she was no longer profitable, the people Mirabel trusted dumped her on the side of the road. Dogs subjected to puppy mills live lonely miserable lives, according to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) where their health takes second place. As a result, former puppy mills dogs have a long list of health issues.
Mirabel was found with mammary tumors, an inguinal hernia, and dental issues. Despite her poor health, Mirabel was in good spirits. She was soon transferred to Woodstock Animal Foundation, a non-profit organization based out of Louisville, Kentucky that is dedicated to reducing pet overpopulation.
Not surprisingly, animal lovers came out in droves to help Woodstock Animal Foundation cover the medical costs for Mirabel. After posting her heartbreaking story on Facebook, the non-profit successfully raised around $6,000, surpassing their original goal. Mirabel’s story even garnered local media attention, helping Mirabel find her new Mom, Kelli Shook.
Kelli saw Mirabel’s story on the news and immediately fell in love. “I don’t know what it was. It was just something in my heart that just knew that she seemed perfect. “She was very friendly, going up to everybody, not afraid of other animals, not afraid of people. She’s great with kids — she absolutely adores children,” Kelli said to the Dodo.
Kelli is a life coach and counselor, who primarily works with children. Dogs are well-known for their therapeutic nature and Miracle, in particular, had the power to change many hearts.
“We’re starting a youth program here in our area where we can teach kids empathy by using animals that are not considered to be traditionally huggable or lovable. “[Such as] animals like Mirabel, who have some sort of congenital defect or have been abused,” Kelli said.
It may take the kids a few minutes to adjust to Mirabel’s unique look, but soon they realize that Mirabel is just like any other dog: she wants love and safety. Mirabel also helps teach children a powerful lesson in acceptance.
“We try to turn it into a lesson, saying, ‘See, you’re not afraid of her and you don’t care what she looks like, so let’s try and be that way with your peers,’” Kelli said.
Kelli said that while Mirabel’s nose is fully functional, it seems like she has a permanent cold because of the disorder. In addition to the issues with her nose, Mirabel has a heart murmur. As such, Kelli isn’t sure how much time Mirabel has left. But like any good dog guardian, Kelli is committed to make sure Mirabel is happy and loved for the rest of her life.
If you are as touched as we are over Mirabel’s inspirational story, you can follow her adventures on Instagram. We are grateful for Kelli for opening her heart to Mirabel and giving her the forever home she deserves!
Mirabel’s story also sheds light on the thousands of other dogs just like Mirabel that need homes too. Please ALWAYS adopt and never shop if you are thinking of adding a new best friend to your pack. Even if you already have a dog, you can still help. Share this article with your friends and family to help educate them on the dangers of the cruel puppy mill industry. Dogs may not have voices, but we do and it’s up to us to speak up for them!