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How Phoenix went from a stray to having hundreds of thousands of followers

Instagram is chalk full of adorable pups, however, Phoenix is one in a million. This pup was found by Skiatook Paws and Claws in November 2019, an animal rescue and adoption organization based in Oklahoma. When Phoenix was found in Collinsville, many of the organization’s volunteers and concerned users on social media believed his appearance was the result of severe animal abuse. However, after being analyzed by a veterinarian, he was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease called Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. This disease causes the immune system to attack the body’s healthy tissue.

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After spending several weeks undergoing tests, Phoenix eventually found his forever family and is living it up. Due to his condition, he does wear clothing and has a space heater to stay warm—but other than that, he’s just like any other pup!

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Hello!!!! Phoenix here! 👋🏼👋🏼 A little update about me. I am still staying at FAM where I am so spoiled and am receiving the most special quality care. They are still consulting specialists and running tests to narrow down what’s going on. We know a lot about what I DONT have but still haven’t pinpointed what I do have. We hope to have more specific answers soon. Meanwhile I am in the best place possible for me physically and mentally. I am thriving. I am happy. I am safe. I am loved. I just want to let everyone know I am not available for adoption and may never be. If and when that time comes it will be wayyyyy in the future and it will be announced on our page. I am flattered everyone wants to love me so much, but due to me still being a medical enigma and not wanting to get bounced around, I’m staying put until it’s 100% safe and right for me to leave a veterinarians direct care. That being said, if you have applied for me, or considered doing so, that means you have an open spot in your heart and home for a fur baby. Did you know SPACAR has a TON of dogs who have been waiting months if not longer for a new home and they are perfectly healthy happy and ready for a family??? I appreciate all the lovely gifts and donations and love from everyone but you know what would be awesome?! If all these other doggies found homes!!!! Message SPACAR for their complete list of adoptables or watch their page. Foster or adoption, both are so helpful for SPACAR and other rescue groups. If you are not local, consider visiting your local rescue or shelter. Many other dogs will die today in city and rural shelters because of overpopulation and people’s irresponsibility. Not because of medical or behavior reasons, just to make space. I am one of the lucky ones. Many others are not. Please consider adopting another pup in my honor so they have a home for the holidays. If you adopt a dog because you saw this post I would love to hear about it and share their story. Message us and spread the love! Much love. Xoxo ❤️❤️ Phoenix #theriseofphoenix #pitbull #pitbullsofinstagram #rescuedog

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Phoenix’s amazing story has captured the attention of hundreds of thousands of people online, who tune in for updates on this unusual dog. His transformation from the streets to his forever home is utterly inspiring and proves that every animal is deserving of love—no matter what they look like.

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