A social media campaign powered by a global network of pooch lovers helped an owner come to terms with one of the greatest heartbreaks of all - the loss of a pet.
By, 9 Oct 2019
80-year-old Ken from California, USA, had one very special friend in the whole world, his Chihuahua-mix pooch called Zack.
An old man and his dog
Then one night a neighbour of Ken's heard a knock on the door. She opened it to find Ken standing on the doorstep. He looked heartbroken as he told his neighbour that Zack was sick. What's more, he couldn't afford the expensive vet bills.
The neighbour, Mrs Carol Burt, knew she had to help. She said:
"Ken was in tears. He said, 'I don't know what to do. I have no money to take him to a vet. When I was walking back to my house, I thought, 'Well, I'll just put it out on Facebook."
Carol expected to raise a few hundred dollars at most, but then she received a phone call from Elaine Seamans, founder of the AT-Choo Foundation, a rescue charity dedicated to helping dogs in need.
Elaine offered to cover all of little Zack's veterinary bills!
Zack was rushed to the animal hospital, where specialists worked all through the night. But sadly it was time for this old dog to take his final nap.
Dog lovers of the world unite
Ken was left heartbroken, but over the next few days hundreds of cards and messages of support came in from people all over the world.
"He was so overwhelmed by people sending cards who didn't know him," said Burt. "He was crying for the loss of his dog and also crying because so many people cared who he didn't know and would never know."
Zack's story doesn't have the ending we all wanted, but it shows how people will always come together for the one thing that connects us - the love for our pets!
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