Lauren Buckley from Jackson, Tennessee, took a big step at the end of last year. She volunteered to foster a dog that was covered from head to claw in sores and mange.
Ms Buckley spotted the dog on the Brown Dog Coalition website, an animal rescue centre in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. The dog, called Lainey, had been received by the centre in an appalling condition; she suffered with an advanced case of mange and various open skin infections.
Buckley's local vet prescribed medications to attend to the skin disease, but recovery was slow and hard-going for both owner and dog.
Speaking to Bored Panda, Buckley said of Lainey, “She stunk, she couldn’t see, and she bled all over our couch.”
Yet, over the course of four months and after receiving treatments of medical and holistic ointments, Lainey's health began to improve. Fur could be seen growing around the welts on her body, and the sores and wounds of the poor dog's ravaged body began to heal.
In April, Buckley announced that Lainey was well enough finally to be rehomed. It was a watershed moment for the two of them having gone through the ordeal together.
Buckley's friend Kelly visited the pair and was delighted to provide Lainey with her new forever home.