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Pit Bull’s Unexpected Gift to Couple Who Gave Her A Chance

By PetcoFoundation on Mar. 16, 2017

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Each year, the Petco Foundation invites adopters to share the story of how their adopted pet changed their lives during the annual Holiday Wishes campaign, giving the organization that they adopted from a chance to receive a grant award. This story by Claire Giambi won Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter in Baltimore, Maryland a 2016 Holiday Wishes award. 

“Miracle Molly” McMullen came into our lives unexpectedly, but we wouldn't have it any other way.

Molly had been hit by a train and found on the train tracks by Officer Kevin McMullen (my boyfriend). She survived her injuries, thanks to the love and compassion of the staff at Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS), who treated her and recognized this mini pittie’s strength and will to live.

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 A white, wiggly, freckly-faced mini pittie, she lost a hind leg and part of her tail in the accident.

BARCS let Kevin visit Molly while she was recovering. After one of his visits, I asked how she was doing. As he spoke, his eyes filled with tears, which is something I had never seen him do in our six years of dating. In just a week, Molly helped Kevin open up emotionally, which was something I had been trying to do for some time.

I knew from that moment on we had to adopt Molly. If she could have that kind of impact on one human being, who knows what else she could do.

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Despite the unknowns of her first couple years of life or even how she ended up on the train tracks, we adopted her into our furry family, which includes three dogs and one cat. The emotional connection between Molly and Kevin continues to grow and actually helped Kevin and I achieve a stronger relationship – an unexpected gift.

Molly defies the odds as a tri-paw and is a breed that many fear. Her love and personality, however, draw people in. We have already had encounters with people who admit to being fearful of pit bulls and dogs, in general, but at the end of their petting and kisses with her, they thank us for proving them wrong.

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Molly visits schools to teach children how to approach, handle and respect dogs. These interactions show children how to be considerate of dogs and help others see the abundance of love she has to offer. Every day, she proves people wrong about her breed.

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24 Comments
Comments
by Vicki eisenhardt
‎11-22-2016 08:26 PM

Many of my family and friends have adopted great dogs from Barcs.  they do need as much help as they can get.

Many of my family and friends have adopted great dogs from Barcs.  they do need as much help as they can get.

Posted on Nov. 22, 2016
by Cheryl Bouchelle
‎12-15-2016 06:54 PM

I vote for Molly!street eugene

I vote for Molly!street eugene

Posted on Dec. 15, 2016
by Cyndisunshine
‎12-23-2016 05:33 AM

I vote for Molly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I vote for Molly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted on Dec. 23, 2016
by p21853
‎12-23-2016 07:31 AM

I vote for Miracle Molly.

I vote for Miracle Molly.

Posted on Dec. 23, 2016
by gumba
‎12-27-2016 06:38 PM

She's a winner already in the hearts of many

She's a winner already in the hearts of many

Posted on Dec. 27, 2016
by ChristianSavedMe
‎12-28-2016 06:33 PM

When Christian was 6 mos old, his original owner had planned to kill him at 6mos of age for chasing their farm chickens. Fate stepped in, and a wonderful person saved him in a "Middle of the night" rescue. 2.5 years later, he's survived heart worm disease, & his ❤️ Is full of 100% love, with 0 regrets! Thank you for looking past a pups hard start, and desire to give them a second chance!!

When Christian was 6 mos old, his original owner had planned to kill him at 6mos of age for chasing their farm chickens. Fate stepped in, and a wonderful person saved him in a "Middle of the night" rescue. 2.5 years later, he's survived heart worm disease, & his ❤️ Is full of 100% love, with 0 regrets! Thank you for looking past a pups hard start, and desire to give them a second chance!!

Posted on Dec. 28, 2016
by Barbara Clancy
‎12-29-2016 03:49 AM

What an awesome little girl!

What an awesome little girl!

Posted on Dec. 29, 2016
by Angela Miller
‎12-29-2016 05:35 PM

This group deserves to be a winner.

This group deserves to be a winner.

Posted on Dec. 29, 2016
by Julie
‎12-30-2016 06:08 AM

Go Molly!! Baltimores best!🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾💞💞💞💞🐾🐾

Go Molly!! Baltimores best!🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾💞💞💞💞🐾🐾

Posted on Dec. 30, 2016
by Chris Everett
‎12-30-2016 11:27 AM

BARCS is amazing for the amount of good work they can do with such limited resources. The voting process is a bit confusing, so I hope I did it right. BARCS can really use the recognition and the funding.

BARCS is amazing for the amount of good work they can do with such limited resources. The voting process is a bit confusing, so I hope I did it right. BARCS can really use the recognition and the funding.

Posted on Dec. 30, 2016
by Debra Hirsch
‎12-30-2016 04:07 PM

Miracle Molly wins by a foot!

 

Miracle Molly wins by a foot!

 

Posted on Dec. 30, 2016
by Osh Di Paola
‎12-30-2016 07:07 PM

I vote for Molly? 😊🐕

 

I vote for Molly? 😊🐕

 

Posted on Dec. 30, 2016
by Katie240
‎12-30-2016 07:27 PM

I vote for molly and barcs 

I vote for molly and barcs 

Posted on Dec. 30, 2016
by angela Weed
‎12-31-2016 05:49 AM

Molly is great and such a great inspriation....please vote for me

Molly is great and such a great inspriation....please vote for me

Posted on Dec. 31, 2016
by Angela Miller
‎12-31-2016 05:07 PM

I vote for little Ms Molly!!

I vote for little Ms Molly!!

Posted on Dec. 31, 2016
by Erica Jeanette
‎03-30-2017 03:30 PM

I love the story about this adorable white, frekely nosed little pitbull. I love the care and devotion this police officer showed.

I want to remind this couple that have adopted her into their loving home, that white dogs need skin protection from the sun. Please get a good sun screen for her and apply it often on sunny days.

My heart full of love to  you,

Erica Jeanette

I love the story about this adorable white, frekely nosed little pitbull. I love the care and devotion this police officer showed.

I want to remind this couple that have adopted her into their loving home, that white dogs need skin protection from the sun. Please get a good sun screen for her and apply it often on sunny days.

My heart full of love to  you,

Erica Jeanette

Posted on Mar. 30, 2017
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