October 23rd, 2017
You might remember the story of Leila, a courageous dog who stepped in to protect her owner’s friend from getting hurt. Thanks to your generous donations, we were able to help this canine hero get the treatment she needed through our Urgent Care grant program.
Leila, a beautiful tan dog with soulful brown eyes, risked her life to save a loved one. Leila and her mom, Christy, were enjoying a gathering of family and friends at Christy’s house when a friend’s boyfriend showed up unexpectedly. The man got violent with Christy’s friend, and Leila immediately jumped in to protect her. Unfortunately, the attacker turned his attention to Leila and in his rage, stabbed Leila several times and broke her leg.
The man then fled the scene and was eventually arrested on felony charges. But Leila’s life was left hanging in the balance. Christy rushed Leila to the vet where she discovered the severity of Leila’s injuries. She was heartbroken at the realization that she might lose her best friend.
Christy was able to pull together enough money to cover the cost of Leila’s first surgery to close her open wounds – but she still needed the funds to repair Leila’s broken leg. So she contacted RedRover.
We quickly awarded Christy with a $500 grant to help with Leila’s surgery, but the surgery to treat Leila’s broken leg was so extensive that Christy still couldn’t afford the full cost… and we wanted to do more. With your compassionate and generous help, we were able to cover the remainder of Leila’s surgery costs, and give Leila a second chance at life.
A few months after we shared Leila’s story, we received this message from one of our supporters, Catherine. “I was so taken and moved by Leila’s courage and bravery that I knew I had to paint her. My daughter also got involved and created her own beautiful artwork of Leila, too.”
We helped Catherine get in touch with Leila’s owner, and soon after received a great photo of the artists as well as one of Leila next to her portrait. Leila’s owner sent this message to Catherine after receiving the artwork: “It’s awesome! I love it. I especially loved your daughter’s drawing. Its so cute! Thank her for us. It looks just like Leila.”
Thank you for making this story possible by helping Leila get the lifesaving treatment she needed!