America's Top Dogs: 10 Most Amazing Shelter Dog Makeovers

America's Top Dogs: 10 Most Amazing Shelter Dog Makeovers

STERLING, ILL. (August 8, 2017) – Mouse was found hiding in the shadows. From the looks of him it was clear most of his 10 years had been very hard, but under the dirt and matted fur was a huge heart ready to give love. Thankfully, after a grooming Mouse quickly found his forever family, and was named America’s top shelter dog makeover in the 2016 Dirty Dogs Contest. His story stands as proof that a good bath can transform a dog’s life in more ways than one. The sad truth, however, is that less than half of the three million dogs entering shelters each year are getting the necessary grooming they need. That’s why Wahl has teamed up with to donate funds and grooming supplies to shelters nationwide. The goal: Transform more than 20,000 dogs this year to get them ready for adoption.

View hundreds of amazing shelter dog makeovers in the Dirty Dogs Before & After Gallery(

“We all know first impressions are important, but for shelter dogs it can make the difference between life and death,” says Shay Moeller, pet product manager for Wahl. “While rescue organizations work tirelessly, many dogs aren’t getting properly groomed due to a lack of resources. The effects of a life on the street can often overshadow the beauty that lives inside these dogs, and too often they are overlooked by adoptive families.”


Dirty Dogs Gallery & Contest 

Thanks to donations of Wahl’s pet shampoos, since 2012 pet shelters nationwide have been able to transform more than 90,000 dogs. Hundreds of these amazing makeovers have been captured through photos in the Dirty Dogs Before & After Gallery( What makes this gallery unique is that visitors can see what each dog looked like when they arrived at the shelter, and after they were cleaned up. The site also allows visitors to search for adoptable dogs in their area, learn more about their stories and share them on social media.

To promote the gallery and help get the dogs adopted, Wahl is launching the sixth annual Dirty Dogs Contest. Ten of the most dramatic transformations from the gallery have been selected to participate in the contest, and public votes will determine the top three winners. The animal shelters or 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 from August 8 – 21, 2017. To vote for one of the shelters, visit the Wahl Pets Facebook Page. Winners will be announced August 22, 2017. In addition to shampoo, Wahl offers doggie deodorants and wipes. To purchase Wahl pet products for yourself or for your favorite shelter visit And follow Wahl Pets on Facebook and Twitter.

“A first impression at the shelter is incredibly important for adoptions. The goal of the Dirty Dogs Before & After Gallery is to inspire people to volunteer their time grooming and bathing animals at their local shelter, or to donate much needed money and supplies,” explains Noah Horton, Director of Operations at “It’s amazing the impact grooming can have on a dog’s appearance, health and overall quality of life.”


About Wahl Pet Products

Wahl offers a line of pet grooming solutions that make grooming from home safe, easy and enjoyable. The line includes hygiene products, clippers and accessories. Every year, Wahl is also dedicated to giving shelter animals a fresh start by donating pet grooming products to support adoption efforts and shelters devastated by natural disasters. For more information, visit


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