A puppy who was born with a crooked face that it leaves people “sʜᴏᴄᴋᴇᴅ” is now searching for her forever home with people who’re wɪʟʟing to “look deeper than her facial ᴅɪsꜰɪɢᴜʀᴇᴍᴇɴᴛ for her heart of gold.”
The eight-month-old Labrador cross is named Bethany, and she was born with a severe facial ᴅɪsꜰɪɢᴜʀᴇᴍᴇɴᴛ that makes her entire snout twist and droops to one side, exposing her teeth.
While her face might be impactful at first, she is very “happy-go-lucky” and the look doesn’t affect her health. Bethany was vet-checked and approved to travel from Romania to the UK following her ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇ. She is perfectly capable of eating, drinking, running and playing like all other dogs.
Now her ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇrs at the charity Safe Rᴇsᴄᴜᴇ For Dogs, who are based in Norwich, Norfolk, where Bethany is being fostered, desperately want to find this special girl a permanent home. Volunteer fosterer Zoe Casey, 46, hopes that whoever adopts Bethany wɪʟʟ be able to look past the dog’s ᴅᴇꜰᴏʀᴍɪᴛʏ and instead see her ‘amazing’ personality.
Zoe said: “There’s absolutely nothing wrong with Bethany – she doesn’t even snore when she’s asleep.
“People have asked ‘are we sure we’re doing the right thing?’ and ‘how do we know?’. We know because she’s been vet checked and checked again at Calais and Dover at DEFRA.”
“If she was ɪʟʟ, she would have been seized because that’s their job. She is absolutely fine. She is the most amazing dog. She is gentle and happy. We have been out walking her and she’s already fine off the lead. She runs around and comes back when called. She loves kids, she’s good with other dogs, she is as near to perfect temperament-wise as you are ever going to get.”
Zoe went on to say, “She is very much like a Labrador in her temperament. She’s happy-go-lucky and absolutely lovely. There is an attitude of people looking for the picture-perfect dog but I think people need to look a bit deeper. We hope Bethany finds a normal family who treat her like a normal dog because she is normal even if she doesn’t look it.”
When Bethany’s story began to circulate the internet, the Safe Rᴇsᴄᴜᴇ For Dogs Rᴇsᴄᴜᴇ received thousands of emails of interested adopters and those suggesting their own recommendations for care. With this influx of interest in Bethany, the Rᴇsᴄᴜᴇ became concerned that some of the interest in her may be for the wrong reasons. With how much Bethany means to them, they decided to keep her in their Rᴇsᴄᴜᴇ family.
Bethany has since been adopted by one of the regular fosters with the Rᴇsᴄᴜᴇ and is absolutely loving her new life. With the massive interest in Bethany, we’re so glad that the Rᴇsᴄᴜᴇ chose to keep her in their circle and ensure a safe future for this amazing pup.