The previously abused pup is looking for a second chance at life

By People Staff
Updated September 03, 2009 05:00 PM

For every pet living with a happy family, there is an animal in a shelter waiting to find a forever home. So today, we want you to meet Bianca, a 3-year-old terrier mix living at Stray Rescue of St. Louis who was rescued by accident – and is in need of a lot of love.

“While trying to save another dog that had just days to live, we saw a white bloody face peek out from behind a bush,” Stray Rescue founder Randy Grim tells PEOPLE Pets. “Children were throwing rocks and bricks at her. As her beaten body crept out from the bush we saw the severity of her situation – and knew a rescue had to be done quickly.” Aside from cuts caused by the abuse, Bianca had a “colossal” chain around her neck. “It could’ve pulled a tractor trailer,” says Grim. Starving and scared, Bianca was obviously pained by the accessory – so much that she’d been scratching at her neck intensely enough to give herself multiple wounds, which were seething with infection.

After months of veterinary care and hearty feedings, Bianca has healed physically. “Her only permanent physical scar is that the injuries to her neck caused a permanent head tilt,” says Grim. “But trust me – it actually makes her look even more adorable, like the RCA dogs.” Bianca is now living in a foster home with two other dogs, but is looking for a forever home. She’d do well in a family with teenage kids, and loves to perform tricks for treats! Due to her fragility, though, she does need a family with a gentle touch.

Stray Rescue of St. Louis was founded in 1998 by Grim (also an author!), with the purpose of saving dogs from the horrors of being homeless on the city streets. With two no-kill shelters and many volunteers, the organization saves and medically rehabilitates about 2,000 dogs annually – and has a 100 percent adoption rate on healthy dogs. As opposed to people bringing dogs to Stray Rescue, the shelter workers actually go out on missions, entering abandoned buildings, junkyards and other dangerous spots to humanely trap dogs and bring them to their facilities. The organization is always looking for donations, and is housing many pets in need of loving homes. To learn more, visit their Web site.