Animal-lovers all over the world know that theres a special kind of joy in seeing sweet creatures find warm, loving homes.
Every animal deserves a comfortable, safe place to live, and this is doubly true for animals that have never had a real opportunity to experience love and security. Dogs and cats, despite being domesticated, household animals, are often shockingly neglected, as we saw with this sweet golden who was covered in pests and sores.
Wild or feral animals can usually fend for themselves if they absolutely have to, but there are few acts crueler than putting a household pet out on the street, where they wont be able to protect themselves.
Fortunately, there are excellent people all over the world doing their bit to help abandoned domestic animals, no matter the cost.
The latest case comes to us from Texas, where a young couple spotted a scrawny puppy one morning, and couldnt look the other way.
When the duo reached the exhausted pup lying in the grass, it was immediately clear that their instincts were good; the little dog was wearing a collar but no tags, was “emaciated,” and totally covered in fleas.
They grabbed a laundry basket from the apartment, and scooped up the dog.
She was too exhausted to be skittish, and, despite her size, showed barely any interest in the turkey and water that the couple had brought down from the apartment for her.
After a quick run to the store for some flea-killing shampoo, they gave the pup, quickly dubbed ‘Little One,’ two luxurious baths, carefully picking her clean of pests, and noting that, “The amount of fleas was unreal. Every time we thought we had them all, another would rear its ugly head.”
They had to decided whether it was worth itto spend a huge amount of money on a tiny little pup who might not even survive the surgery.
As Cameron explained on Imgur, it wasn’t exactly a tough decision, “Well, let’s be honest. There was only one choice. Let’s do it! She deserves a chance. The surgery certainly isn’t in our budget, but there was absolutely NO way we were going to tell them to just put her down. A dog as sweet as this is more than worth it. We hadn’t planned on owning a dog, especially spending thousands of dollars on just a chance to own one, but we had to try.”
Little One emerged from the surgery with an impressive scar and few ill effects, and went home with her new family by the end of the week.
She’s still skinny, but she’s cheery, perky, and curious. Cameron described her as “a little fighter,” in an email to LittleThings.
After posting the initial story online, Little One’s incredible story quickly went viral.
Many of Little One’s new friends urged the couple to create a GoFundMe, because so many people wanted to contribute to her medical care.
When all was said and done, they received an itemized bill from the vet’s office, which was significantly lower than the initial estimate, and even included a special discount from the vets that treated the adorable pup.
Still, the bill totaled nearly $3000, and the fundraising page has only raised about half that amount.