At first, no one thought Arlo had a chance. Sure, he had a wonderful face with a smile that beamed out across the room. And sure, his goofy, affectionate manners won over just about everybody who crossed his path. But the one-year-old Aussie mix had come into Yavapai Humane Society in Northern Arizona with one very big strike against him. Arlo had severe, debilitating mange.
His skin was a complete mess, with tufts of hair falling off his body in some places and altogether missing in others. A layer of red, swollen skin was visible underneath the worst patches. Arlo's mange was so bad, in fact, that the shelter keepers at Yavapai Humane Society knew they wouldn't be able to cover the cost of the medical treatment he needed.