Rescue workers from PETA Asia discovered a litter of puppies in a disadvantaged neighborhood in the Philippines. Gathering up the litter for treatment, they realized that for one pup, the outlook was particularly grim. The dog, who was later named Christmas, was covered in lice and had open sores on his back. Some of his wounds were even infested with maggots.

Workers thoroughly flushed his sores and provided the puppy with a much-needed bath and plenty of rest. Thanks to their tireless and heroic efforts, Christmas made a full recovery and has grown into a happy, healthy dog! He’s even found a forever home – with a loving family, other dogs, and lots of toys.

Christmas’ inspiring story and remarkable transformation are reminders of why it’s important to adopt a rescue animal and give them the second chance at life they deserve.