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Two Arizona dogs are finalists for shelter makeover contest

Stein (left) and Winston (right) (Facebook photo/ Wahl Pets)

PHOENIX — Two Arizona pups that had not only their life changed, but also their looks, are finalists for a shelter makeover contest.

Stein from Tucson’s Cause for Canines and Winston from Lost Our Home Pet Rescue in Tempe are part of the Dirty Dogs Contest, a nationwide competition that showcases dramatic transformations animal shelters and rescue groups provide to the pups who need it most.

People can view before and after photos of the transformations and vote for their favorite online.

The top three organizations out of the 10 finalists will receive $5,000, $2,000 and $1,000 grants from Wahl Pet Products and Greater Good Charities.

Winston’s story is he just couldn’t stay away from the home that didn’t want him.

The pup continued returning and being rejected, according to the release, until a person took the dog to the Tempe organization that provided Winston with grooming and care until he found a foster family that cherished him.

Stein, meanwhile, came to Tucson’s Cause for Canines after being bought from a breeder as a puppy and left outside because the owners didn’t have time for him, according to his bio on the website.

A foster groomed Stein and the all-volunteer Tucson organization handled his medical needs.

Voting for the contest concludes on Nov. 3.

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