KC Pet Project rescues dog with severely matted fur

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KANSAS CITY, Missouri – A dog with a badly matted coat and other health issues is on the mend thanks to a Good Samaritan and KC Pet Project.

The dog, now called Simon, was dropped off at the KC Pet Project Monday morning by someone who found him on the side of the road. He weighed nearly 20 pounds because of the mass of fur and dirt on his body.

The KC Pet Project veterinary team sedated him and spent two hours shaving him. In the end, they removed over six pounds of matted fur and dirt.

The shelter posted a video of its transformation on TikTok, where it had been viewed more than 26 million times by Wednesday afternoon.


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Simon will need dental work and his skin is a little dry according to the shelter, but overall they said they are happy with his health.

“Everyone loves to see those before and after moments that show a pet in its worst form and then see them make this remarkable transformation thanks to medicine, love and care,” Tori Fugate, chief communications officer at KC Pet Project said.

The shelter said Simon was neutered, so it appears he may have been someone’s pet at some point.

However, it has no microchip and no tags. They are still looking for his owner, but they have also received dozens of requests to adopt him.

Fugate said the help they were able to give Simon is possible because donations were made to the Roadrunner Medical Fund of the KC Pet Project.
If you want to donate, you can do so on the website of the KC Pet Project.