Sterling, Ill.-based Wahl and Greater Good Charities have granted the title of America’s Top Shelter Dog Makeover to rescue pup Woodrow posthumously in the 10th annual Dirty Dogs Contest.

Woodrow was brought into a shelter as a stray, and it was clear living in the harsh outside conditions had taken an extreme toll on him, Wahl officials said. The matting in his fur was so severe he could barely move, his long nails curled around his paws twice and he was left blind from neglect. After an extensive and tedious grooming, Woodrow soon found a new family. Woodrow’s dramatic transformation got him a second chance at life and two years in a loving home, officials added.

It’s stories like Woodrow’s that inspire the Dirty Dogs Contest, company officials said. By spotlighting the influence grooming can have on dog adoption and awarding the contest winners with grant money, Wahl and Greater Good Charities hope more dogs will find forever homes and live long, healthy and happy lives.

For the past 10 years, Wahl has been on a mission to support dog adoption by donating pet grooming supplies to rescues and shelters nationwide. In the past year, Wahl sent thousands of brushes, bottles of shampoo and more to shelters affected by Hurricane Ida. Because of donations like these, hundreds of thousands of dogs are being transformed and readied for adoption.

With the help of these donated grooming supplies, hundreds of the shelters shared incredible transformation photos and stories, company officials said. Ten of the most dramatic dog makeovers were selected, and public votes determined the top three winners.

Saving Grace Animals for Adoption in Wake Forest, N.C., the rescue organization that saved Woodrow, will receive a $10,000 grant to further support its efforts. In addition, J.J. Woofin’ Paws Rescue Agency in Woodland Hills, Calif., the rescue that submitted second place winner Olivia, will receive a $3,000 grant, and third place dog Easton earned $2,000 for Pet Adoption League of NY in New York.

“Sadly, we get dogs like Woodrow at our rescue on a regular basis. Any of these dogs could have been entered into the contest, but we chose our favorite, and he proved to be our angel,” said Deborah Mock, volunteer groomer at Saving Grace Animals for Adoption. “The money we won from the grant will go to helping more dogs like Woodrow receive the care they need, so they too can know the love of a family instead of dying alone in a shelter.”