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Heartbroken Dog Lost Half Her Muzzle To Gunshot, But She Still Found Love

Written by: Molly Weinfurter
Molly Weinfurter is a writer for iHeartDogs, and she’s passionate about helping animals in need. She volunteers for Bailing Out Benji and a local dog rescue.Read more
| Published on July 28, 2022

A rescue dog named Nona has a traumatizing past, but she hasn’t let that ruin her optimistic spirit. A gunshot caused the Jack Russell Terrier/Retriever mix to lose half her muzzle, and she ended up in a shelter as she recovered.

After she was feeling better, Nona had a little trouble finding her forever home. She went through two adoptions that weren’t quite the right fit, so she was returned both times. Now, after several years, Nona is finally where she belongs, and she has put her heartbreaking past behind her.

Dog missing snout

Nona’s Horrific Injury

In 2018, someone shot the innocent dog with a gun, which led to her losing half her snout. An animal welfare group rescued her and helped her recover. They were surprised to see that Nona was a very happy dog even after experiencing so much pain. Once she was feeling her best, the shelter began the search for an adopter.

When Nona found a family, shelter staff members were overjoyed. The adopters loved Nona, and they cared for her for a while, but unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned. Some unexpected circumstances led to the family needing to rehome Nona.

Injured dog side view

The shelter that Nona came from was at capacity, so they asked the Kentucky Humane Society if they would take her in. Of course, the Kentucky Humane Society fell in love with Nona in a heartbeat and agreed to take her. They have lots of experience with dogs with rough pasts, and they’re most known for raising Ethan, the rescue dog.

Nona’s previous family had several cats, but she was fine with them after adjusting to her new home. The humane society also noted that she could be dog selective, so she needed to meet future dog siblings before getting adopted.

Happy dog missing snout

A New Life for Nona!

After the Kentucky Humane Society shared Nona’s story on social media, it didn’t take long for someone to show interest in her. A family adopted her, but sadly, it didn’t last long. She didn’t get along with the other pets in the home, so she was returned again. Then, she began looking for a home where she could be the only pet.

Since it was Nona’s third time looking for a family, she got a little discouraged. Even though she looks different than the other dogs, she has no special medical needs. However, the shelter admits that her injury causes her to snore loudly, but it’s part of her charm!


“Despite everything Nona has been through, she remains the happiest dog on the planet! She knows no strangers and greets people with a big tail wag and smile. She loves toys (anything that squeaks makes her very happy), running around outside, going for walks, and getting belly rubs,” the Kentucky Humane Society wrote.

The Kentucky Humane Society posted photos of Nona that were too cute to resist. So, she has now found a forever home where she can be the only animal. Hopefully, this is where she’s meant to be. She deserves a life of love and pampering after everything she has been through.

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