A saying that people who work in animal rescue live by is that saving one dog won’t change the world, but for that one dog, the world will change. But even though the individuals are important, and you can see that change just by looking at these before and after pictures of dogs who were picked up from the streets, animal rescue can have more far-reaching effects as well—it can create a community where people are vigilant and care about animal welfare.

26-year-old David Fernández makes it his mission to turn dogs that are unrecognizable due to neglect into happy house pets. While most passersby wouldn’t dare to touch these cases of severe mange and matted hair, Fernández responds to reports of downtrodden dogs by getting them the vet care they need and connecting them with loving foster homes and eventually adopters. You’ll be amazed by what these dogs look like after a few months of good food and baths.

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MagicalUnicorn
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2 weeks ago

that's one adorable salt and pepper doggo <3

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Whiterain25 furry
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2 weeks ago

beautiful brindle

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Annisiea
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2 weeks ago

This is so sad. Doesn't even look like the same dog. Really breaks my heart knowing animals go through hardships that bad

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Santiago, Chile, where Fernández does his work, has an abundance of stray dogs. Although Chileans take pride in their compassion towards dogs, often providing food and shelter for strays as communities, and staunchly opposing proposals to cull their population, rough sleeping is still not easy for dogs. As you can see from the pictures posted by Fernández, dogs living outside are vulnerable to mange, injuries, infections, and all the discomfort that poor hygiene and the elements can cause.

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Francis
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2 weeks ago

naaawwwr *___* such a cutie!

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Allie boo boo face
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2 weeks ago

All of this fills my heart with joy knowing some people out there do care for these precious animals. ❤️️

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C
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2 weeks ago

Bless that sweet baby

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57% of Chileans believe that measures to control stray dogs other than euthanasia should be implemented, and public policy is gradually shifting towards population control for stray dogs. The Metropolitan Regional Council of Santiago is investing 3 billion Chilean pesos ($3,678,000) in spaying and neutering strays in an effort to slow the growth of the stray population. Recent laws have also outlawed pet abandonment and made microchipping mandatory in the hopes that pets won't end up on the streets.

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Maya Haze
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2 weeks ago

David Fernández - you're an amazing human being!

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Jill Bussey
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2 weeks ago

Handsome fellow!

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Dianna Siever
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2 weeks ago

Can anyone pinpoint that skin condition? Is it mange?

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However, animal rescuers and overburdened shelter workers say that public education is necessary for any policy changes to help the situation, calling for people to have their pets spayed and neutered, volunteer as foster carers and donate to shelters and rescuers that help with spaying and neutering strays.

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Raine Soo
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2 weeks ago

Oh, my Lord...this poor dog has open wounds...I'm very glad that it is doing much better.

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Kim Lee
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2 weeks ago

Boop!

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Autumn Walton
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2 weeks ago (edited)

lil' cutie ;)

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Marlene Ricker
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2 weeks ago

It must have been one helluva job getting all that matted hair off. Thanks for putting in the effort. He looks quite beautiful now.

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Kathy Baylis
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2 weeks ago

In the “after” picture, this sweet pea knows he looks goooood!

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Sardonic Scribe
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2 weeks ago

Poor little sweet pea!

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Whiterain25 furry
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2 weeks ago

this is why you should never consider abandoning a dog

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Bobrossissenpai
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2 weeks ago

Look at her adorable bow 🙂

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Jenna Contreras
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2 weeks ago

Gorgeous

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Catarina Castro
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2 weeks ago

Aaawwww hes soooo cute 🥰🥰🥰

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Debra Brown
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2 weeks ago

Awww look how happy he/she looks!

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nikki bates
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2 weeks ago

Daddy long legs <3

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Pseudo Puppy
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2 weeks ago

getting better.... <3 :)

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Carolina Marshall
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2 weeks ago

The translation is: Do not make money with my babies.

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Margaret Wells
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2 weeks ago

They have so much love to give, why let them go aaaaaahhhh!

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Belinda Bauer
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2 weeks ago

Lots of 'fashionable' dogs here. People who should never have had a dog in the first place

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Margaret Wells
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2 weeks ago

Poodle puppa again.

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Margaret Wells
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2 weeks ago

A bow makes everything better x

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Claire Hoogeveen
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2 weeks ago

How cruel they r beautiful animals the people who did this to them R SCUM

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