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Luna the dog, who was found starving to death in Mexico, is now healthy and happy, and looks a whole lot different -- which is a good thing.Luna the dog, who was found starving to death in Mexico, is now healthy and happy, and looks a whole lot different -- which is a good thing.

Dog Found Starving in Mexican Streets Has a New Life and New Look

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Luna the dog, who was found starving to death in Mexico, is now healthy and happy, and looks a whole lot different — which is a good thing.

Luna was discovered in a Mexican backyard, starving and extremely emaciated, by photographer Tracey Buyce. Buyce is also a board member for Cats and Dogs International (CANDi) and was in Bufil, Mexico on a trip for one of the group’s spay and neuter clinics back in 2013.

Buyce had taken Luna’s photo as part of CANDi’s campaign that was aimed at documenting dogs who lived on the streets of the neighborhood. Although Buyce had taken many photographs of helpless dogs, something about Luna stood out.

“There was just something really soulful about her,” Buyce told The Dodo. “I just knew I couldn’t leave her there.”

Buyce discovered that Luna had a guardian, but she was able to convince Luna’s owner to relinquish her into Buyce’s care.

From there, Luna was immediately examined by a local emergency veterinarian. It was determined that Luna was “days from death” and was suffering from cancer. Luckily, her cancer was treatable, and Buyce refused to give up on the poor dog. Luna was put on chemotherapy and a diet regiment.

As she was recovering, CANDi posted her photo and story on Facebook and within 15 minutes, a family in New York wanted to adopt her.

luna the dog

Now, two years later, Luna is healthy and happy, and living with her forever home in Saratoga Springs, New York.

CANDi has produced a video documenting her dramatic transformation, which shines light on the stray dog populations in Mexico and the Caribbean, who are suffering from overpopulation, abandonment and starvation. According to CANDi, local governments round up the hungry dogs to poison or electrocute them, knowing that some travelers will be upset at the sight of them. (However, we think travelers would be more upset knowing that!)

Luna is the perfect example to demonstrate that with a little (or a lot of) TLC, these suffering dogs don’t have to endure a bleak existence. A beautiful, happy and loving life can be theirs, thanks to organizations like CANDi.

“She’s super sweet,” says Buyce of Luna. “She fit in with that family like it’s always been her home. I really feel like it was meant to be.”

You can watch Luna’s video, here:

Via The Dodo

Photos: Tracey Buyce

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