A great feel good story about a homeless puppy getting a new life.

A homeless camp near a very busy Los Angeles freeway was all she knew as her home. But for a volunteer, Sharra Platt, something seemed wrong. The black pitbull named, Clarissa had only known the homeless camp off Crenshaw Boulevard in Santa Monica, Los Angeles as her only home. The dog would often be sighted lying on a large heap of clothes at a corner, but it did not always look right for Sharra even though the dog seemed to have people taking care of her.

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Despite all that, Sharra was still at crossroads as to whether Clarissa was right or not considering that she was homeless and living in a homeless camp. At first, Sharra could not gather courage to walk in the homeless camp, but that later changed when she saw two women taking care of Clarissa. With that, she thought it wise to introduce herself to the camp residents and to Clarissa. From the onset, Clarissa looked very healthy albeit lack of healthy food and clean water for her. For that matter, Sharra took it upon herself to shower Clarissa with affection and provide her with proper food and clean water, at least on a daily basis.

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With her every visit, Sharra grew even closer to the dog to an extent that she could crawl on her lap every time she visited. As a dog volunteer who had dealt with many homeless dogs, Sharra quickly noticed that Clarissa needed attention and lots of affection.

Unknown to both Sharra and her new friend, things changed in a flash after Clarissa’s caretakers at the camp moved to another part of the city, leaving Clarissa behind with no food, water and shelter. Sharra seized this opportunity and with permission from Karma Rescue, moved Clarissa to a temporary foster home. Even though the conditions at the foster home were much better than at the camp, this change of environment seemed to negatively affect Clarissa, who appeared anxious and would behave strangely when she encountered other dogs. This not only became a challenge to Sharra, but also meant that Clarissa could not be eligible for adoption.

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Never to give up, Sharra and Karma Rescue ensured that Clarissa was booked for training at K9s Only in Los Angeles so that she could be trained on social skills. As fate would have it, it was at the K9s Only that Clarissa met her future sister, a dog named Penny who looked almost exactly as Clarissa. The two canines instantly hit it off after the trainers at the facility started walking them together.

Fortunately for Clarissa, Penny’s owners noticed how the two dogs were so close, thereby adopting Clarissa. For now, Clarissa seems to be enjoying lots of niceties at her new home with her new family. And whenever Sharra pays her a visit, Clarissa is always appreciative of all the things she did for her.