It was something you might see on a TV reality show. A little dog, no bigger than a large cat, running through a busy city, fending for himself and facing dangers at every turn. Concerned people see him, and try to catch him, but to no avail. Soon, his story is shared on social media, with sightings and alerts happening daily. RHS Animal Protection Officers received many calls and tips, however, he continued to elude the public and officers alike.
One calm and quiet morning, the staff at Ledcor Group noticed the now famous runner in their compound and immediately contacted the RHS. When our Animal Protection Officer arrived, he was sleeping in a secluded area – no doubt exhausted from his ordeal. The Officer quietly approached pooped pooch and was able to at last bring him to the warmth and safety of the RHS.
It quickly became obvious that the little runaway, named Elmer by the Officer, had suffered an injury to one of his legs. Touched by the story of Elmer, the staff at Ledcor immediately offered to assist with the costs of any surgery that might help the pup regain use of his leg and ultimately be placed for adoption.
Upon examination by the RHS Vet Team, it was determined that the injury to his knee was similar to ACL injuries in humans, and would indeed require surgery.
The next day, Ledcor Superintendent Jeff was at the shelter to present a cheque to the RHS to go towards Elmer’s surgery and care on behalf Ledcor and a few of their friends who also wanted to help – McEwen Holdings, the Kwade family, Alison McEwen, and Canadian Bobcat.
In mid-June Elmer had his surgery and was soon put up for adoption. Not surprisingly, Elmer quickley caught the attention of a family who fell in love with him and knew he was the one for them.
Many thanks to everyone who took action and helped bring Elmer to safety, and especially to those who helped with the costs of his surgery and his new owners who opened their heart and home to this little pup.
He couldn’t have done it without you!