In March, a team from the Humane Society of the United States rescued more than 60 dogs from an alleged puppy mill in Sampson County, N.C., according to the Public News Service. One of those dogs immediately stood out.
A pup named Stella had missing teeth, flea dirt and other obvious signs of neglect -- but, after warming up to her rescuers, she was friendly as could be.
"She almost attacks you with affection," rescuer Ashley Mauceri says in the video above. "Her demeanor was so happy despite all of the issues that she had going on."
Stella has now found a forever home with Joy Walker, who works for CareFirst Animal Hospital, according to the Humane Society.
"Stella just grabbed me with the tongue, the face, and now has a loving, loving home," Walker says. "And [she's] a diva."
Stella's story is being shared to encourage others to help animals in similar situations.
Watch the optimistic pooch's complete journey in the video above.