Lucky dog gets second chance through Facebook

By Brandi Hodges - bio | email

BONO, AR (KAIT) - Facebook can be used to find people, share information and save lives!  After a badly injured dog was rescued earlier this week, the staff of a Region 8 animal clinic worked their social networks to raise some serious cash!

"I noticed the leg was mangled," said Danny Hatcher, who found "Jude" earlier this week.  "When I first found her I thought she would have to be put down but I was going to take her to where she would at least have a chance."

"She had an extensive open wound on her leg on the lower part of her hock, the bone was exposed, the joint was exposed," said Amanda McPherson, a veterinary assistant at Woodsprings Animal Clinic.

The leg had to be removed in a surgery that is expensive and will require a lot of after care.

"We were thinking that if we went ahead and jumped on Facebook maybe, possibly we could get a couple of bucks together and pay for some of the treatment," said McPherson.

The employees at the clinic started to put the story of Jude on their Facebook pages and ask for donations.

"From the time we reposted literally five minutes later people were picking it up and reposting and from there people picked it up from their pages and were reposting," said McPherson>

"Within hours it was all over the newsfeed everyone had reposted it," said Christina Estrada, a veterinary assistant at Woodsprings Animal Clinic.

"We had people bringing money in and within 9 hours we had enough to pay for her surgery," said McPherson.

In total they raised around $2,000.

"It's more than we ever could have dreamed for and it's amazing.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts," said McPherson.

It's enough to cover the $1,200 surgery, vaccinations, getting her spayed and any other needs she may have.  Now, the 8-month-old puppy has gone from a dog left injured in a ditch to one everyone wants to support.

"I'm glad to see there are decent people still out there," said Hatcher.

"It's amazing to see that Facebook was actually used to save a life," said McPherson.

On Friday folks were still coming into Woodsprings Animal Clinic to drop off donations in Jude's name.  Since they've collected enough money for Jude, those donations will be given to other organizations in Region 8 who support animals in need.  As for the staff at the clinic, they say using social networking may be their best way to contact folks in the future when an animal is in need of help.

Jude is up for adoption through the clinic.  They have already had several people express interest in adopting her.

She will not be fully recovered for a couple of weeks.

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