A rescued bait dog who became a therapy dog has featured on the most recent episode of It's A Dog's Life!
Keep scrolling to read about her amazing story...
Is there anything better than a dog?
via: GettyThese adorable creatures are basically the best things on earth. If you’re ever feeling down in the dumps, a dog is guaranteed to make you feel better.
They are truly man's best pals.
via: GettyWhether they’re causing mischief, giving us those puppy eyes when they want a treat, or taking up the entire sofa, many of us couldn’t live without our furry friends.
Once you become a dog-parent, there's no going back...
In an age where the internet is so divided, there's one thing we can all agree on...
However, so many pooches are lost, abandoned or dumped - being left to fend for themselves.
via: GettyThis is a sad reality for way too many dogs out there.
Many animal shelters are overflowing...
via: Getty ImagesAnd, according to statistics from the Humane Society, 6 to 8 million cats and dogs enter shelters here in the U.S. each year.
But these shelters aren't always the safest places for animals.
via: Getty ImagesMillions of these animals are euthanized every year due to the lack of space and people interested in adopting.
It's a devastating reality of animal homelessness...
via: Getty ImagesAnd statistics show that, out of the 3 million cats and dogs euthanized in shelters every year, around 2.4 million are actually healthy, and would have been fit for adoption with a new owner.
It's unthinkable why anyone would be so cruel to an animal.
via: GettySo many dogs are abused, abandoned, and neglected.
And even worse...
via: GettySo many dogs out there are used as bait dogs - which are basically dogs that are used as punching bags in vicious dog fights.
Even though organized dog fights are illegal in many parts of the world...
via: GettyThey sadly still happen which leads to the brutal deaths of so many terrified dogs and it also results in abused dogs being unable to be rehabilitated.
But the story of Princess Abigail will well and truly restore your faith in humanity.
In 2016, Abigail was hanging on to life by a thread when she was saved by the Florida nonprofit Love is Fur Ever Dog Rescue.
via: Fox 4 NowThe rescue suspected she was a bait dog in a Miami dog-fighting ring, as they found her with an ear and an entire side of her head ripped off.
Dr. Thomas Jackson, the organization's veterinarian, said it was the worst case he had ever seen.
via: Fox 4 Now"We're looking at a really long, long recovery for her," Victoria Frazier, the Founder of Love is Fur Ever, told local media at the time.
It is truly heartbreaking to know what this poor dog went through...
Since being rescued, Abigail has become a therapy dog with her sister Tala, helping veterans, first responders, children, and the elderly.
via: Bonnets for AbigailTogether, they visit assisted living homes for residents with memory issues, cancer centers, schools, Red Cross shelters, police departments, fire departments, and more.
And in September 2017, the adorable pit bull was crowned the "American Humane Hero Dog of the Year."
via: Bonnets for AbigailShe has well and truly come in leaps and bounds over the last couple of years.
Pit bulls are hugely misunderstood...
via: Bonnets for Abigail"It's just been so inspiring to see the impact a dog can make on people, and really advocate for the breed of the pit bull, and help rescue dogs," Megan said to WPTV. "Rescue dogs aren't broken. They have so much love to give, and Abigail is an example of that."
And so much so...
via: Bonnets for AbigailAbigail will be featuring on Disney+'s newest episode of It's a Dog's Life, a show that highlights 2 amazing working dogs and one "Hometown Hero" pooch each episode - of course, the Florida pooch will be the "Hometown Hero."
"She is going to be the newest Disney Princess."
via: Bonnets for AbigailMegan said Disney+ had reached out to her about including Abigail on the show in January. "I'm like, 'Disney? No, there's no way Disney has found us in Fort Myers, Florida.' They wanted to highlight Abigail and her story through this new Disney+ show, It's a Dog's Life," she said.
Megan wants people to be aware of dogfighting and for more to work towards putting a final stop to its barbaric practices.
via: Bonnets for Abigail"Abigail does have a wonderful Cinderella story. That's what I like to call it. Former bait dog to Disney Princess. She's raising awareness on bait dogs and dogfighting rings, and animal cruelty as a whole."
"We're just really happy that Disney chose our little princess to be their next princess."
via: Bonnets for AbigailAbigail's episode of It's a Dog's Life dropped Friday, May 29 on Disney+.