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Police find injured dog on the side of the road – and change their lives forever

Police find injured dog on the side of the road – and change their lives forever
Police find injured dog on the side of the road – and change their lives forever

“She is such an angel” ❤️

Recently, police officers in St. Louis, Missouri, came across a heartbreaking scene during a quiet afternoon shift. A sweet dog who had been hit by a car was lying on the side of the road and no one had stopped to help him.

The sweet girl, alert and frightened, turned her head in search of Good Samaritans. She took a deep breath when she saw the police slam on the brakes and rush towards her.

St. Louis Stray Rescue

The police officers set up a secure barrier to protect the dog, later named Joy Bird, from oncoming cars. They sat next to her and petted her head while they waited for the Stray Rescue of St. Louis (SRSL) rescue team to arrive.

Soon, a car full of SRSL volunteers pulled up and their hearts stopped when they saw the sweet pit bull mix looking up at them. They weren’t sure how severe her injuries were, but they promised the loving girl and the officers who cared for her that she would be OK.

St. Louis Stray Rescue

The team carefully lifted Joy Bird from the road and then loaded her into their car. They soon arrived at SRSL’s animal hospital, where a team of medical professionals cared for her.

They examined Joy Bird’s injuries and found a broken hip bone, but were pleased to see that her injuries were not as serious as they could have been.

“She will need some time to recover and stay in the crate a lot, but with time she should make a full recovery,” SRSL wrote on Facebook.

St. Louis Stray Rescue

The veterinary staff scheduled hip surgery for the next day and placed Joy Bird in her crate. The next day, they woke up to an adorable sight.

“Her eyes are much softer today,” SRSL wrote on Facebook. “She knows she is in a good, safe place with good people.”

St. Louis Stray Rescue

Joy Bird’s emergency surgery was successful and the resilient girl was soon on the road to recovery. After her recovery, she was unable to use her hind legs for a while, but her best friends at SRSL made sure her temporary paralysis did not hinder her.

They took care of Joy Bird, including putting her in a stroller so she could go for walks, and she couldn’t have been more grateful.

“She loves going out with her stroller and enjoying the sun,” SRSL wrote on Facebook. “(She is) such a sweet girl.”

St. Louis Stray Rescue

A few weeks after her surgery, Joy Bird was finally strong enough to go into foster care. She quickly found a wonderful foster family with whom she has lived ever since.

Joy Bird is still looking for a permanent home, but the grateful pup is thrilled to have some loving foster parents in the meantime.

St. Louis Stray Rescue

The staff at SRSL hope to find the perfect match for Joy Bird soon. Until then, they can continue to enjoy updates from her foster family and her amazing progress.

“When we rescued her from the side of the road, we didn’t realize we had given her the perfect name,” SRSL wrote on Facebook. “She is such an angel.”

You can find out more about adopting Joy Bird here.

To help give puppies like Joy Bird the care they need, you can donate to Stray Rescue of St. Louis here.

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