Annie Hart, from the Bill Foundation, heard about Janie, a poor terrier that had been run over. Although she had been microchipped, Janie's previous owners couldn't be found to authorize treatment for this scared dog.
The Bill Foundation offered to pay for treatment, but Janie was in so much pain that she was lashing out and defecating everywhere. The veterinarians couldn't get near her to treat her. After hours of struggle and exhaustion of both dog and staff, they were at least able to sedate her for surgery. It was discovered that she had a broken back that luckily had not been high enough to cause paralysis.
When Janie awoke, it became clear that although her physical wounds would heal, her spirit was going to take a lot more tender care. Janie was very aggressive towards anyone who would try to touch her. Would her wounds be too much for the caring staff to overcome? Would she have to be euthanized like so many other fearful dogs?
Because The Bill Foundation has been working with Eldad Hagar from Hope for Paws over the past year, Annie Hart knew that if anyone could get through to Janie, Eldad could, so she called for his help. Watch this incredible footage!
It was exciting to go to BlogPaws 2013 this year and hear a joint presentation from two rescue organizations. Annie Hart and Eldad Hagar explained that putting their rescue efforts together has benefited the greater cause of animal rescue as a whole. Even though their methods and personalities differ, they believe that the synergy of working together puts animals first. They are leaders in modeling that the various rescues and shelters need to support each other instead of viewing each other as competitors for donations.
Janie still has a long journey ahead, and rescue groups also have a ways to go before they can put aside their differences and work together, but we were encouraged and inspired by their story and their example!