John Falls in Love with Gemma

Dumped in the night drop at the shelter, staff found Gemma first thing in the morning.

The vet’s exam determined her back legs were paralyzed. With so many “perfectly healthy” animals waiting for homes, she wasn’t going to make it to adoptions.

One of our rescue partners saw Gemma and knew she had to intervene. She brought her to Hearts Alive Village.

Gemma could move her front paws so we got her a wheelchair.

She went into foster with Kelly, whose house was already set up for someone with disabilities.

She was given every kind of treatment imaginable. But most importantly, she was given love.

After a few weeks at Kelly’s place, Gemma hopped off the couch and followed the other dogs into the kitchen for dinner… no wheelchair required.

Happy as she was with Kelly and her Hearts Alive Village family, we knew that there were a home and a family out there for her.

When John stopped by the adoption center to see what the rescue was all about, he and Gemma locked eyes. It was love at first sight.

He spent the next few days calling friends of his to adopt her. Finally, one of them spoke the truth. “John, she’s your dog. Go get her.”

Gemma now lives with a furry sibling and she even helps her dad at work!

And loves to swim in her spare time.

Or take road trips.

Before snuggling in for the night.

“Gemma is a miracle. I’m so grateful to have her in my life.” – John

This Giving Tuesday, you can help us provide the care that these pets need to have a happy life. Thanks to a generous match from one of our donors, Howard Ash, there has never been a better time to give. All gifts up to $10,000 will be matched, but our goal is to raise $50,000.

Every animal deserves a second chance at a happy story. Hearts Alive Village has already saved more than 4,250 animals and with your help, we can save so many more.

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