Woman Left Everything Behind To Save Senior Dog She Saw On A Facebook Post

The power of social media never ceases to amaze me and one area in which it is particularly effective is the plight of injured or abandoned animals. Meet Jaripo.

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Jaripo, An 18-year-old Pomeranian that was taken to the Lancaster County Animal Shelter by his owner to be put down. Staff at the shelter were advised that Jaripo was suffering from a terminal illness and they requested the dog be euthanized. Before the shelter proceeded with the grim task and did as the owner had requested, the staff chose to share the sad story on social media.

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Despite their efforts, the shelter did have a reputation as a high-kill shelter. Once again, proving the effectiveness of social media, it was not long before responses started coming in. Founder of Paw Works in Ventura County, California, Christina Morgan read the post and responded immediately. She immediately made the two hour drive straight through to the shelter to meet Jaripo.

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“I get tagged in a lot of stuff on Facebook and I saw that this little (dog) was breaking the internet,” she told reporters. “Lots of people were tagging me. All the rescues were looking at it. But no one was really taking action — and that’s a high-kill shelter.”

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She got there in time and after a visit to the vet, Morgan advised that despite some hip pain, quite normal given the dog’s age, Jaripo was otherwise well. The only other thing he needed was a bit of dental work. Certainly not terminally ill as the owners had advised.

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Thanks to the posting by the shelter, the fast reach of social media and Morgan’s rapid response, Jaripo is now happy and healthy with his loving foster family. People like Morgan are rare and Jaripo wasn’t the only animal Morgan saved that day. She also went home with went home with a cat with a bullet in him, another aging dog as well as four other dogs.

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What a woman. I can just imagine the 2 hour drive back with the 6 animals in the car.