The pet’s name is Mason and he is an absolute story of inspiration for anyone currently searching for a lost pet. Erin Skarda covered Mason’s amazing story which appears on TIME’s Online NewsFeed. Click here to read about Mason and to view a short video clip telling his story: Dog with Two Broken Legs Survives Tornado, Crawls Home to Find Family. Click here also to see an ABC News update If you shy away from difficult pet news don’t shy away from this; it’s great pet news!
After nearly three weeks, Mason returned to his family’s tornado-damaged home in Alabama. Incredibly, he did so with two broken legs. Mason was swept away from the family’s garage during a tornado; his family had nearly lost hope of finding him. Mason’s family kept returning to their home looking for Mason and one day, there he was, on the family’s front porch! Like many families following the series of recent tornado strikes, the family turned to their local shelter for the best way to help Mason. He was in need of immediate and extensive medical care. In this case, Mason’s family was assisted by the Birmingham/Jefferson County Animal Control Shelter who in turn, contacted the pet heroes at Vulcan Park Animal Care clinic. This extraordinary clinic is providing the necessary care for Mason at no cost. See more terrific coverage of the story and an interview with hero veterinarian Dr. William Lamb on MyFoxAlabama. Dr. Lamb, of Vulcan Park Animal Care, worked with two other pet orthopedic surgeons in Alabama to rebuild Mason’s legs. These two Vet.’s are Dr. Milton and Dr. Ballagas. Right now, Mason is recovering from surgery and doing well. He will return to his family once he is released!
Following are the Mason updates from Vulcan Park Animal Care‘s website:
Thursday 05:00 P.M. ——–Mason is doing great at the clinic. He is eating like a champ in preparation for surgery tomorrow. He is a very sweet dog with a great personality and really likes to have his ears rubbed. This morning Dr. Milton and Dr. Ballagas, 2 orthopedic specialist in Birmingham offered their services in addition to Dr. Lambs for Mason’s surgery. The plan is to transport Mason to Dr. Milton and Dr. Ballagas facility tomorrow where they and Dr. Lamb will perform his operations. After surgery he will return back to Vulcan Park Animal Care to begin his recovery process. Check back tomorrow for more updates.
Friday 11:00 A.M. ——–Mason was transported to Dr. Milton and Dr. Ballagas facility around 9:00 this morning to begin prepping him for surgery. Surgery should be starting around noon. As soon as I hear from Dr. Lamb I will post a progress report here.
Friday 03:00 P.M. ——–Here is the latest update on Mason. He is now out of surgery and in recovery. The doctors said the surgery went well and have high hopes for a great recovery. I will post more as it comes to me.
Saturday 11:15 A.M. ——–Mason is eating well and was able to swap over to oral meds this morning. He is having an adjustment period to the large wraps and splints on his front legs but that is to be expected. I will try to post an update tomorrow but if not I will have one first thing Monday morning. Also, someone mentioned making a facebook page for Mason so keep an eye out for that Monday morning.
While you’re reading this, click here to see a video clip of Judy Pugh in Tuscaloosa, Alabama being reunited with her lost cat Katie, following tornado devastation in that area. Katie walks out from the rubble during a CNN interview, to Judy’s surprise. Turn up the volume to hear Katie purr after three weeks with no visible supply of food or water. Judy never gave up searching and returned to the rubble nearly every day looking for Katie!
We salute Mason, Katie, the families of these lost pets and the shelters, vet centers and veterinarians providing urgent care for them! Your collective story inspires us all and spreads great hope to pet owners looking to find their lost pets, nationwide. We thank you for the message to keep searching and never give up hope!