A very tiny, adorable chihuahua is safe and on the road to recovery after being left for dead. Everyone knew her as the Chihuahua rescued from a dumpster, but her story is much more inspiring. Here’s how Darla came to be.

The little pup was discovered early last week. She was whimpering inside a dumpster on the Santa Rosa Junior College campus in California. It was immediately apparent that this was the Chihuahua rescued from a dumpster they had heard about earlier.

So she was rushed for an emergency vet visit so she could get the treatment she needed. There, the vets fitted her with two pink casts, almost as big as her.

Police are still seeking clues to track down whoever committed that heinous act of cruelty against the dog. But she was already on her way to put her painful past behind.

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Tiny Chihuahua Rescued from a Dumpster

The Chihuahua Rescued from a Dumpster

One of her caretakers, Dr. Dan Famini at Sonoma County Animal Services, recently gave her an emergency vet visit and provided a welcome update for the Junior College’s Facebook page.

Her new name is “Darla,”. She weighs 2 lbs. precisely, [Famini] estimates she is about 14 weeks old and is scheduled for surgery to repair her fractured legs soon.

He rechecked Darla, changed her splints, and took these photos to share with us so we can share them with you. There is also one picture of Dr. Famini holding the little Darla, for size comparison.

Further, the shelter said that Darla will not be available for adoption for at least six weeks after she has healed from her fractures and been spayed.

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Tiny Chihuahua Rescued from a Dumpster illustrated by Darla on cast
Tiny Chihuahua Rescued from a Dumpster illustrated by Darla on cast

The Anxiety of Being Left Behind

The anxiety that dogs feel when left behind or dumped on the street is a heartbreaking and distressing experience for these loyal companions.

Dogs are pack animals, and their natural instincts drive them to seek social connection and security. When dogs are abandoned or separated from their human families, it can lead to overwhelming feelings of fear, confusion, and helplessness.

Being left behind triggers a sense of loss and rejection in dogs. They may not comprehend why they were abandoned or left on the streets, leading to profound emotional distress. Dogs often form strong bonds with their owners, and sudden separation can cause immense separation anxiety and depression.

On the streets, dogs are exposed to numerous dangers and harsh conditions. The unfamiliar environment, constant threat of danger, and lack of proper food and shelter exacerbate their anxiety. They may become withdrawn, timid, or even display aggressive behaviors as a defense mechanism.

Rescued dogs like Darla, who have experienced abandonment may require extensive rehabilitation to regain their trust in humans and build new bonds.

Providing them with a loving and stable environment, along with patience and understanding, is crucial for their emotional healing.

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Tiny Chihuahua Rescued from a Dumpster illustrated by Darla on a vet table

A Better Future for Darla

He rechecked the hurt Chihuahua, changed her splints, and took these photos to share with us, so we could share the adorable pink casts with you. There is also one picture of Dr. Famini holding the little Darla for size comparison.

The injured puppy’s story has since gone on to attract national attention, with countless folks from throughout the world eager to see her make a full recovery.

“We would like to thank every one of you for your thoughts, kind words, well-wishes, and offers of assistance!” the update reads. “Even though Darla had a rough start, we think she will have a great future.”

The alarming prevalence of adopted dogs emphasizes the importance of responsible pet ownership and the need for better animal welfare laws.

Adopting a dog is a lifelong commitment, and abandoning them on the streets not only causes immense suffering but also perpetuates the cycle of neglect and homelessness for countless innocent animals.

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