A homeless man came to the rescue of a dog he saw being hit by a car. The man, from Jackson, Mississippi, ran to the dog’s aid after the car that hit the dog kept on driving.
“Last Friday afternoon, a homeless man witnessed a young dog being hit by a car on State Street here in Jackson. The driver kept going, so the homeless man scooped up the dog and carried him the whole way to the closest vet he could find. The vet called us and asked if we could help the dog,” the local animal shelter Animal Rescue Fund (ARF) wrote on Facebook.
They agreed and the veterinarian treated the dog they named Howard. The vet said the Pit-bull type dog has been “very sweet and calm” throughout his treatments, which are quite serious.
“He has a back injury and a broken leg and will require a lengthy hospital stay,” said ARF. But thanks to the Good Samaritan who saved him, Howard has a second chance at life. And thanks to ARF, he has a second chance of finding a family!
Although it will be a while before Howard is fully healed and ready to go up for adoption, ARF is currently asking for donations for his medical care. Visit their Facebook page for details here.
More than a year after his initial rescue, Howard went to Maine to be with 3 Dogs Rescue in summer of 2020, one of ARFMS’ northern partners. Howard ended up not having use of his back legs after his accident, but with a new wheelchair to help him get around he happily zips around. He went to stay with a wonderful foster family and ARFMS wrote, “He was quite the hit on the beach and made many new friends. He has certainly come a long way from being a Jackson street dog with injuries that most would have thrown the towel in on.”
“Howard is now ready for his forever home. He needs a home with someone who can care for a special needs fella. He spends time in his wheelchair and time out of it,” writes ARFMS. “We know that someone out there in our amazing friends is looking to give a special dog happily ever after.”
It still took an extra bit of time, but in October of 2020 Howard was adopted thanks to 3 Dogs Rescue and his foster family! 3 Dogs Rescue wrote:
“TODAY is a little extra special for Howard. TODAY Howard was adopted by his extraordinary foster family! Only the best days are ahead for this boy!”
Despite all this boy has endured, Howard just wants to live a loving and happy life. We could all learn a little from Howard. Follow Howard @chronicles_of_howard on both Instagram and TikTok.”
ARFMS still has over 200 pets available for adoption. Take a look at their website to adopt another homeless animal deserving of a home.
Of the dogs they rescue, ARFMS says, “Whether they take a little more effort, or they just need a short stay, we believe that All God’s creatures deserve a chance once they are here and they enter our doors. We could not do this work and save the Howards without you. Thank you.”