Meet Mama Jade, the abused pit bull that’s getting a second chance at life
Mama Jade was found in Nashville, Tennessee, after wandering up to the porch of a stranger’s home. The woman who found her noticed that the dog showed signs of injuries indicating that she had been used as a bait dog in a dog fighting ring. That’s when she took to Craigslist, posting a picture of Mama and describing what she’d seen:
The fresh bite marks on her muzzle, the scars that covered her body, the exposed pink and purple flesh around her neck, where she was obviously tied up with ropes that cut their way into her skin, over and over again. The obvious signs that she had been bred, relentlessly, time after time. The pressure wounds on her elbows that bled whenever they touched anything, from being tied and forced to lay on cement ground and metal cage mesh.
Most of her teeth had been removed. Scars around her neck bled from the collar she was wearing. The Craigslist post was titled “Your pitbull found me and I won’t give her back.”
That night, the poster stayed up with her so she wouldn’t be left alone. She said, “Every time I’d move, she’d get up and look at me with worry stricken eyes. She didn’t want me to leave her. ” The next day she brought her to the animal hospital, PetMed, where she worked.
In addition to the injuries she had sustained, the vets realized that Mama Jade had breast cancer.
The staff at the animal hospital fell in love with her, and were heartbroken that she was in such rough shape. They fed her a diet of food soft enough for her to digest without having to chew, and realized what a sweetheart she was. The only time she was anything less than loving was when she was in the presence of another dog, as she was terrified of all other canines she saw.
In the Craigslist ad, the poster said that she was preparing to put Mama Jade to sleep. With the price of cancer treatments, it seemed the most humane way to proceed, and she would ensure that the dog would be as comfortable as possible until the end.
But that was before the Craigslist ad went viral, and she started receiving thousands of emails from people across the country. Over the course of a couple days, the poster was persuaded to give Mama a second chance at life, as many people offered to donate money to help pay for her treatments.
In their first photoshoot for a local news station, Mama Jade turned on the charm.
If you’re interested in learning more about Mama Jade’s story and donating, check out her Facebook page.