Southern Cross Animal Rescue
October 21, 2016 12:00 PM

Home: Some pets never have one to call their own. We’d like to help change that by introducing you to an extraordinary, adoptable pet every week. Today, meet Pebbles, a sweet girl rescued along with her canine pal this summer by the Southern Cross Animal Rescue (SCAR) in Laurel, Mississippi.

In August, SCAR received a call about two severely emaciated pit bulls living in a deep gully that the locals used as a dump site, according to Savannah Pipkins, vice president of the rescue.

“The rescue team immediately went out due to the area being a known place for dog fighting,” Pipkins tells PEOPLE in an email. “The two dogs came running from the gully when they heard the vehicle stop. The dogs, who we named Pebbles and BamBam, were very emaciated, dehydrated, full of internal and external parasites, and covered in wounds. The scars on Pebbles’ face, neck and legs suggested that she had been fought for years and we could tell that she had been used for breeding purposes over and over.”

Today, months removed from their rescue, sweet Pebbles is still a very tiny girl and only weighs around 40 lbs.

“She is shy with new people and very fearful of other dogs,” says Pipkins. “She loves attention from the staff and volunteers at the shelter. She is very polite and gentle. She sits and waits patiently for someone to love on her because that is the highlight of her day. It is amazing that she still loves the way she does after being so severely abused. More than anything, she just wants to be close to someone.”

Southern Cross Animal Rescue
Southern Cross Animal Rescue

BamBam, who is heartworm-positive just like Pebbles, has had an easier time adjusting and is also looking for a home.

“He’s happy and playful. He gets along with most dogs,” says Pipkins. “He has the best pittie smile ever!”

Pebbles needs a calm, caring home with someone who understands what she’s been through and can teach her how to be a dog. “Because of her fear of other dogs (and rightfully so) she needs to be the only animal in the house,” Pipkins adds. “For so long Pebbles was made to fight and now she needs a family to show her what being loved is really like.”

If you think Pebbles or BamBam are the companions you’ve been looking for, contact SCAR at 601-433-5807. The rescue runs strictly off donations, and it costs about $500 to treat dogs with heartworm; to help the organization care for these pups and others like them, visit its PayPal.

Click here to meet last week’s adoptable pet, Lola.

Adopting a pet is an amazing experience – and a big decision! Before bringing a pet into your home, it’s important to consider your family circumstances and do your research.

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