Yara was in terrible condition when someone spotted her on the side of the highway and called Hope For Paws. The dog would still be there when someone from the rescue went to look for her.
She was scared and didn’t trust the Hope For Paws volunteer. She even managed to chew her way free of the quick-collar that he had thrown over her head the first time.
But that wasn’t going to stop him. He knew he had to get the dog before leaving the area. There was no way he was leaving without her.
The stray dog led him on a slow chase into rough terrain.
One of the American Staffordshire Terrier’s legs was badly broken, which became painfully apparent when she dragged it along, stumbling, as she tried to scurry away from her rescuer.
It was clear that the dog was in pain and was trying to avoid more. Her trust in humans was non-existent on that day.
Her soon-to-be rescuer didn’t have any treats on him, which would make things a little bit harder, especially when the dog needed urgent medical attention. There wasn’t much time to waste.
Thankfully, the volunteer with a heart of gold didn’t give up and kept trying. He managed to slip another collar over her head, and then another just to be sure she wouldn’t get away again.
He coaxed the dog to drink water. She was reluctant to go near it at first but quickly changed her mind when she saw what it was.
She drank everything in the bowl.
Heading in the right direction
The two of them then slowly made their way back towards the parking area. Yara stopped several times on the way, both because of reluctance and exhaustion. It was clear that she had been through a lot and that she was suffering.
Another volunteer pulled up their car and helped to get Yara into a cage for transport.
She growled and snapped at them as she sat inside of it, but slowly she began to calm down and get used to their presence.
She was still in a lot of pain and it showed.
A second chance
They brought Yara to the vet where she had surgery. Unfortunately, it turned out that her broken leg was entirely crushed and would need to be amputated.
Still, even though she now only had three legs, she was already starting to feel better.
Her mood was improved now that the pain was going away.
When her rescuer came to check on her, she nuzzled his hand instead of growing or trying to bite it.
Eventually, she went into foster care through The Little Red Dog Inc., where she still is today.
Her foster mom says she’s a handful. The dog gets excited and likes to jump. It still takes her a while to get comfortable around strangers. However, she has made great strides and is a lively and happy dog. Having three legs doesn’t seem to slow her down at all.
It’s great to see her acting like a happy and well-adjusted pup instead of the pain and fear-filled dog the rescue had found on the side of the road.
It’s amazing what caring can do.
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