She had lost an entire litter of puppies in utero. She was emaciated and suffering from infection. Her previous owner abandoned her at at a veterinarian's office when she was just 1 year old, according to her GoFundMe page.
Pearl became depressed after losing her babies. But when a litter of puppies in need of a mother arrived at the shelter, Pearl found comfort in caring for them like they were her own, and began to heal emotionally.
Raschella and Marion eventually became foster parents to Pearl through North Carolina's Love Mutts Rescue, and it didn't take long for the couple to fall in love with her. She quickly transformed from from a shy and troubled pup into a loud, vibrant one.
A year after her adoption, Pearl began to lose weight rapidly, and no local veterinarian was able to figure out what was wrong with her. It wasn't until Pearl was taken to the NC State Veterinary Hospital that the mystery behind her latest ailment was solved: Pearl suffered from exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, a lack of digestive enzymes in the body that can lead to issues like weight loss and malnutrition.
Today, Pearl is in good spirits, gaining weight and finally out of the hospital. But, as one can imagine, caring for the pit bull hasn't been cheap. Marion is an elementary school teacher and her students understood this - the children came together make a lemonade stand, raising $120 toward Pearl's care.
The heartwarming gesture reached "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," and the couple was invited to make an appearance. Sadly, since Pearl wasn't allowed to fly with her parents in the plane cabin as a non-service dog, she was unable to make the trip to California.