A 6-year-old Australian cattle dog recovering from severe head injuries with help from Arizona Humane Society is now available for adoption. 

The playful, sweet, female dog named Van Gogh was brought to AHS in November 2019 after someone found her in “intense pain” at an auto body shop in Goodyear with extreme wounds to her head, neck, muzzle and body, according to a statement from AHS. 

The cause of Van Gogh’s injuries are unknown. 

Van Gogh underwent a two-month recovery at AHS’ Second Chance Animal Trauma Center, on its Sunnyslope Campus in Phoenix, where she had daily wound cleanings, surgeries to repair masses on her elbow and under-eye, treatment for an upper respiratory infection and dental work, according to the statement. 

Staff was unsure if one of her ears was able to be saved.

“Luckily, Van Gogh’s injuries healed incredibly well and both ears were saved, even though they may have a unique shape due to scarring,” the statement said. 

AHS’ Behavior team also worked with Van Gogh to help her build trust with humans. 

Van Gogh is a very sweet dog and is potty trained, but she can get nervous and shy in some situations. Because of this, AHS is recommending that Van Gogh be adopted into a “quiet, patient home where she is the only pup and kids are at least 10 years of age or older,” according to the statement. 

In 2019, the AHS trauma hospital treated for more than 12,000 sick, injured and abused pets, according to the statement.  

Van Gogh is available for adoption at the AHS Campus for Compassion location off of 15th Avenue and Dobbins Road. For more information, visit

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