For Hope's Sake
Our campaign for the 2018 North Texas Giving Day: we have asked for funding to make
repairs and improvements to our facility. Now, for what purpose does this facility serve?
To help answer this question, I offer the story of but one of the many dogs for which this
facility provides shelter and sanctuary.
On Christmas Eve 2017, as daylight’s brilliance passed and evening shadows lengthened,
we received a call. One of our neighbors had managed to capture a little stray Momma
dog who was so pregnant she could hardly walk (a story within itself, for another day and
Now, we usually do not deal with small dogs or puppies. However, the need of this little
creature, too great to deny, demanded she come home with us. On January 4, 2018, near
starved to death, this little lady, a pitiful sight, in spite of all uncertainties delivered nine
tiny puppies, each different as different could be. Over the passing hours, days, and
weeks, three succumbed despite Momma’s and our efforts.
Six beautiful puppies who grew healthy and strong, each a story of their own; unique
in character and personality. But this story is of Hope, the smallest of the surviving
Smallest in physical size, but by far the largest in character. The alpha female from
day one – Momma’s greatest challenge - the wild child that could not be tamed. Now,
as time passed, puppies went home except for little Hope, who was never of a mind to
impress anyone. One day, when she was about four months of age, we noticed she
stood differently than the other pups and, at times, while running, she would stumble.
As additional weeks passed, it became more pronounced – a severe deformity of her front left leg. After x-rays and consultations with Dr. Denna Ingram, of whom there is no better qualified for this type of surgery, little Hope was given a new opportunity for a normal life. With bones cut, turned, and straightened, held in place with rods and pins, and looking forward to a long rehabilitation, little Hope has a chance for a normal life.
Surgeries like this do not come cheap, nor do the investment of other resources such as time and energy. For little Hope, for others past and yet to come, we ask your help FOR HOPE’S SAKE.