The story of an abused pit bull named Mama Jade went viral as her story emerged in 2013. Mama Jade had managed to make it to the porch of her rescuer, Christianna Willis on that fateful day in Nashville, TN. When Willis discovered the dog, it became increasingly evident that the dog had been neglected, abused and tortured.
Mama Jade had sustained injuries that were indicative of an animal used for breeding and dog fighting. Her teeth had been pulled and some filed down in order to prevent her from fighting back with other dogs that were unleashed upon her. She had large, bloody gashes on her body and especially on her neck, where she had been repeatedly restrained and tied up without assistance of any kind.
In spite of all of the abuse that Mama Jade sustained, she still looked to others for care and trusted her rescuer, who happened to work for a veterinary office. When she was taken to the vet, her injuries were only exacerbated by the fact that she was also diagnosed with breast cancer. This was heartbreaking news to all the staff who had fallen in love with this dog and were sympathetic due to her story due to extreme cruelty and neglect.
Willis became aware that Mama Jade would not make it due to her multitudinous injuries and the looming cost of cancer treatments that awaited her. This was a saddening shock to all who had grown to love and care for the dog. However, before Willis had her humanely put to sleep, she became passionate that she had to be Mama Jude’s last voice and let Mama Jade’s story be heard.
Willis decided to turn to Craigslist in order to let the public become aware of the story and the horrors of dog fighting. Willis also wanted to shed light on the undeserving stigma of pit bulls that was ultimately unfair, and costing the lives of innocent dogs bound to this unfortunate type of fate. She considered it her last duty to Mama Jade to let her story speak for those who could not speak for themselves.
When Willis posted her Craigslist ad that spoke to the horrors that were found in the life of this dog, she publicly shamed the owners for the cruel and inhumane treatment of this dog and likened them to monsters that even their own mothers would be ashamed of claiming. She talked explicitly and honestly about the horrific state of Mama Jade’s injuries and how her life had been reduced to nothing but suffering and pain.
When the public read Willis’ Craigslist post, there was an overwhelming outcry and subsequent outpouring of emotions and support for Mama Jade. The public was horrified by the extent of the dog’s injuries and sought to help Willis in any way possible. Willis stated that her phone received so many messages that she could barely keep up with all of the emails from the public.
As the public became more engaged in Mama Jade’s story and future, Willis decided to set up a donation fund in order to cover the cost of Mama Jade’s breast cancer treatment. The donations came from thousands of people to support her veterinary costs. As the donations poured in from all over, Mama Jade was able to receive her cancer treatment.
The story raised awareness for the pit bull breed and the inevitable neglect that dog fighting caused to these innocent animals. Mama Jade’s story and healing provided an opportunity for all to see that pit bulls are not worthy of the stigma portrayed as mean animals, but are merely a product of cruel humans in these extreme cases. The fact that Mama Jade trusted her caregivers and those trying to help her heal became a testament to the spirit of friendship between humans and pit bulls, as all Mama Jade wanted was a chance at a life where she was not neglected and abused and used as fighting bait for other animals, much like the lives of other dogs elsewhere enduring the same hardships.
Willis shared that Mama Jade has been blessed with a second chance at life and that the dog has a “strong spirit.” Mama Jade enjoys her life and is the subject of a loving home now and has the type of happy life that a dog only dreams about. She is surrounded by humans who value and respect her and continue to be thankful for Mama Jude’s life and story.
Mama Jade’s cancer has unfortunately returned, yet her life remains fulfilled and she is truly a fighter for all the right reasons now. She fought for a life of happiness and peace and continues to bring love and joy to everyone around her. The fact that Mama Jade’s story went viral and was a source of inspiration to so many can only serve to benefit all dogs, everywhere. Mama Jade’s lesson continues to provide courage and shed light on the quality of life that all dogs are so very deserving of, whether pit bull or not.
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