Area pooch among Top 10 Shelter Dog Makeovers in America

Jasper at Bensalem’s Women’s Animal Center is a finalist in the Dirty Dogs Contest, which is spotlighting the influence grooming has on dog adoption

Jasper was surrendered to the Women’s Animal Center, 3839 Richlieu Road, Bensalem, when his owners decided he wasn’t a good fit for their family. At just two years old, Jasper was a world of energy, and it was clear he wasn’t getting the exercise, care or attention he deserved.

After a proper grooming, an adorable dog appeared. Now, with some training, Jasper is well on his way to becoming the perfect addition to a forever family. While you may not be able to bring Jasper home, you can still help him out by voting for him in the eighth annual Dirty Dogs Contest.

The brainchild of pet industry leaders Wahl and GreaterGood.org, the contest donates grooming supplies to rescues and shelters nationwide. Hundreds of these unbelievable makeovers are shared in the Dirty Dogs Before & After Photo Gallery, and the Top 10 Shelter Dog Makeovers of 2019 (including Jasper) are now competing for monetary grants.

“Millions of dogs enter shelters every year, and the unfortunate reality is that less than half are getting the grooming they so desperately need,” said Steven Yde, division vice president for Wahl. “These deserving animals are being perceived as ‘damaged goods’ just because of their appearance. It’s our hope these makeover images and stories will inspire people to either adopt a dog in need, or reach out to local shelters to see how they can help.”

Ten of the most dramatic transformations from the gallery, including Jasper, have been selected to participate in the Dirty Dogs Contest. Public votes will determine the top three winners. The animal shelters and rescue groups affiliated with these transformations will receive monetary grants to further support their efforts.

First place takes home $5,000, second place receives $2,000 and third place earns $1,000. The Dirty Dogs Contest runs until Aug. 19. To vote, visit DirtyDogsContest.com.

Wahl’s complete line of grooming products are available at WahlUSA.com, and for the month of August, when you purchase a bottle of shampoo using the code BUY1GIVE1, a bottle of shampoo will be donated to a shelter in need.