A pit bull entered Atlanta's Fulton County Animal Services last summer, covered in skin abrasions, home-cropped ears and a sweet personality.
Diamond, a brown and white pit bull with a huge smile, caught the attention of volunteer Neely Conway.
"When I saw Diamond, I was immediately brought to tears," Conway said in a recent Huffington Post interview. "When I took her outside I couldn't stop crying. This sweet animal had suffered so much, but was approaching dogs and humans with such a loving and gentle demeanor. I knew she needed to be saved."
Conway looked for rescue groups to help find Diamond a foster home; a safe situation she envisioned that would lead to her adoption. But Conway was having trouble finding a home for the abused pit bull, who may have looked scary to some.
Everything changed when Conway wrote a blog post about Diamond and shared it on Reddit.
The post was forwarded to Melinda McGuire, who wasn't in the market for a new dog. Regardless, the photos caught McGuire's heart forever.
"All I can say was something grabbed my heart when I saw Diamond's picture, and even sitting here now looking over at her I still feel it," McGuire told The Huffington Post.