She Wrapped Us Around Her Paw
March 13, 2012
Dog named Hope gets second chance from City of Edmonton and emergency veterinary clinic
It’s likely been a hard-knock life for a stray dog that was found, bloodied and cowering under a bush, with her jaw crookedly hanging open after being broken.
A City Animal Care and Control Officer discovered the injured dog on February 12, 2012, and took her to the Edmonton Veterinarian’s Emergency Clinic (EVEC).
Veterinarians determined the Harrier Hound Cross’s jaw was fractured in two places, likely the result of severe blunt force trauma.
Dr. John Williamson, Director of Veterinary Medicine at EVEC, said the dog made a very big impression with staff who named her hope, “This dog quickly wrapped us around her paw. She has a very sweet nature and is affectionate towards everyone she meets, with the exception of cats!”
With no one coming forward to claim Hope, the community came together to help her.
City officials and the clinic agreed to split the cost of Hope’s care after surgical specialist Dr. Dave Fowler of Guardian Veterinary Centre agreed to donate his time and perform the surgery for the cost of surgical materials. A bone plate was contoured to the shape of her jaw and used to repair both fractures.
Hope is recovering at the clinic and continues to impress staff, learning basic manners like “sit,” “stay,” and “lie down.”
Keith Scott, acting Director of Animal Care and Control with the City of Edmonton says Hope is a very lucky dog. “We work in close partnership with Edmonton’s animal community and were glad to work with EVEC on this exceptional case. No one came forward to claim Hope and she is very adoptable. We are glad to be part of the effort that, ultimately, saved her life.”
When Hope is fully recovered, she will move to a foster home through Second Chance Animal Rescue Society (SCARS). SCARS will ensure Hope is well-matched with her forever home - ideally, a place with no cats and owners with lots of space, patience and energy to provide her with the additional resources she will require to live out the rest of her lucky life.
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