Life for homeless animals is difficult, to say the least. Having enough food and water is a constant worry, many times they are the victims of abuse, and unfortunately getting hit by a car is a common incidence. In fact, it’s so common that Eldad Hagar, founder of the animal rescue organization Hope for Paws, recently received two back-to-back calls about dogs who had been struck by vehicles.
The first call was about a Chihuahua, now named Magic. When Hagar arrived at the scene, Magic was very timid and had to be cornered in a yard. After a few moments of hiding, the pup realized that Hagar meant no harm and slowly walked over, limping from a broken leg.
Then, Hagar set off to attend to the second pup, a Terrier now named Johnson. Two young girls had witnessed the stray pup get hit and being familiar with Hope for Paws, asked their father to call the organization.
Despite the circumstances, the pups seemed in fairly good spirits. And so after running around all day, the three finally set off for the hospital.
Both dogs immediately got x-rays. Magic needed to get fitted for a new cast and Johnson only suffered from minor bruises but had severely matted hair that needed attending to.
Johnson was mildy sedated and then shaved to get rid of the matted hair and let doctors get a closer look at his bruises.
Johnson’s fur was covered in dirt and filth from his time on the streets but Hagar said it perfectly: “new life, new coat!”
After a consultation with the orthopedic surgeon, it looks like young Magic will recover just fine! He is on his way to the foster home and will be waiting for his forever family in good hands.
Johnson, on the other hand, looks like a completely different pup! After a much-needed shave and bath, he is also on his way to a foster home and is also available for adoption.
If it wasn’t for the Hagar and the kind people who took the time and effort to contact him, there’s no telling how long these stray pups would have gone unnoticed on the streets. Without a caring guardian to look out for them, stray animals often slip through the cracks, where they can suffer for days, weeks, months, and even years from injuries and disease. Not everyone has the knowledge and capability to help injured animals but everyone is able to pick up the phone and call someone who does. We can all do our part to keep dogs safe and off the street.
All image source: Eldad Hagar/Flickr