She appeared on the doorstep of the Gamble family in Warrior and sat there shivering for three hours before they decided to offer her a warm spot to sleep in their garage. Young Riley, only five years old, questioned his mom about what would happen to the dog that would come to be called Hope.
Riley’s mother, a breed rescuer, inquired with every animal organization she knew, trying to find a home for the emaciated dog that was covered with sores. She finally told her son that she had no one to take the dog and that animal control was scheduled to pick her up the next morning.
“The only thing you can do,” said his mom, “is pray.”
So Riley prayed.
A request for help by Ms. Gamble left on the voice mail of Blount County Animal Shelter touched the heart of a volunteer who, with a hopeful heart, set out to find a place for the dog that she decided to call Hope.
After many calls by the volunteer, it was discovered there was no foster home whre the terrier mix could be housed and no funding that would pay for all the care and boarding charges she needed. But in a leap of faith, the volunteer agreed to take the dog.
had little love and attention in her two short years of life. Her long toenails indicated she had been confined with little exposure to the outside world. Her stomach was swollen with parasites; her skin red and inflamed. And she needed a bath. Her belly showed evidence that she had been a mother too many times.
Throughout a veterinarian exam, Hope
was very humble. She remained calm and curious about her new experience. She made no sound, no bark, not a whimper.
is well enough for surgery, she will be spayed and put up for adoption. In the meantime, help is needed to pay for her care and boarding until a foster home becomes available. Donations can be made at Regions Bank for the Blount County Animal Shelter “Save Hope” Fund.
Thanks to a 5-year-old boy who prayed, Hope’s
life was changed forever.