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Dog Rescue Stories: Apollo Lost Half of His Face, But Didn’t Lose His Amazing Spirit and Will to Live

By Jarissa Aquinde, Positively Woof Rescue and Adoption Story Editor


On January 21st, 2015, Apollo was found off 288 and Almeda Genoa near a construction landfill. That afternoon, Brittany received a phone call from a landfill employee who stated that there was a dog hiding in the bushes that was missing half of his face. The initial reaction from Brittany and ADORE Houston (which is the rescue that she worked full time for and now volunteers with) was that they needed to find him, so they could end his suffering.
 apollo-2Sitting in the bushes, next to a ditch full of trash, was the saddest thing you could have ever imagined. This once gorgeous, large dog had been reduced to almost nothing. Along with his injuries, Apollo‘s ribs, hip bones, and back bone were all clearly visible under his skin. He was covered in dirt and was too weak to run. As Brittany approached, the only sound she heard was a warning growl. Upon closer inspection, she noticed that most of the nose and the snout were gone. The smell was atrocious and it was obvious that infection had set in. What remained of his nose dangled back and forth in front of his face. It was as if someone had literally taken a knife and cut off the front of his face. Perhaps the same someone who put the gray collar on him that he was still wearing. Click HERE to see a graphic, heartbreaking image of Apollo a few days after he was found.
After a bit of coaxing, they were able to put the slip lead over his head. Immediately, you could see his body go limp. It was as if he knew he was safe. Brittany and ADORE Houston took him to Harrisburg Veterinary Clinic, where they determined that he could, in fact, eat and drink. He also weighed only 28lbs., so they needed to put weight on him before ever considering surgery. At that time, they really didn’t have a plan for him, and Brittany definitely never expected to adopt him…until he laid his head on her leg at the clinic. From then on, they had and amazing bond. He spent many months in and out of the vet’s office for surgery and recovery.apollo-siblings
Finally, in September 2015, Brittany was able to bring him home. Now, Apollo has five fur siblings and one foster sister. Apollo has also undergone intense training through Total Control K9 College. They donated a two week long board and train when he was completely healed. Apollo and his forever family work with them almost every Saturday.
apollo-humansApollo has undergone facial reconstructive surgery, ACL repair, and heartworm treatment. Hopefully, he is finished with all of his surgeries!
apollo-4Apollo, a pit bull, is a testament to the inherent goodness of all dogs.  He was clearly horribly abused, but never lost his loving nature. He is truly an inspiration and another reminder that we need to be a voice for the voiceless.
Follow Strong Apollo on Instagram @adoreabullapollo 

#throwbackthursday to the first time I wore my @imnomonster sweatshirt! On October 8, mom and I get the privilege of presenting at a juvenile detention center for the Healing Species course. Healing Species is an 11 week violence intervention/character and compassion education outreach. Through the assistance of rescue pups, the program teaches children a process from which to understand and overcome abuse, neglect, and grief while teaching life skills in self esteem, respect, conflict resolution, and in gaining success through acts of compassion and responsibility instead of returning violence for violence. We are honored to be a part of this amazing program and mom is really excited to tell my story. Our goal is help these kids see that they can have a second chance, just like me, and to never give up. Check out Healing Species at!! ❤️Apollo #dontbullymybreed #adoptabull #pitbullsrock #pitbullsofinstagram #crueltysurvivor #orangepawarmy #endbsl #pitbullstrong #endanimalcruelty #beavoiceforthevoiceless

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