A woman who took her dog for a walk spotted a sick dog lying in a pile of dry leaves and twigs by the side of a very busy road. She wanted to help but she was clueless about how she could safely secure the dog.
Instead of risking a bite, she decided to take a photo of the poor pup and shared it on social media. She hoped that the right person would see it.
Before long, Ermionni Giannakou, head rescuer and co-founder of the charitable institution DAR Animal Rescue, learned about the dog. She knew in an instant she had to help it or no one else might. Quickly, she contacted the woman and gathered as many details as she could to locate the pup.
When the rescuer finally found the dog, she knew right off the bat that it was sick. She tried to reach and touch it the first time but the steep and slippery slope made it almost impossible for her to reach the pup. It took her a few times but she was able to take a hold of it in the end.
Terrified, the pup, now Giannis, tried to run away. He failed to grasp that the woman in front of him was there to help him. But when he realized he had nowhere to go, he just stood still and let her do what she must do.
Ermionni took Giannis straight to the animal clinic for much-needed medical care. She wasn’t happy she needed to leave him behind but he felt relieved when the doctor said he’d recover in no time. And several days later, she was able to bring him home with her to the animal shelter.
Giannis battled heartworm, skin infection, diarrhea, and anemia for who knew how long. He had no vision in one eye, too, and he was all on his own during his darkest days.
The dog continued to receive utmost care at the shelter and he started to bounce back soon enough. His fur slowly grew back in and he regained his eyesight. He was yet to receive his medical clearance but he already found his new home.
A family fell in love with Giannis and they were amazed by the resiliency he showed despite all his hardships. They waited until he was ready to travel and they were thrilled when he was finally home.
Source: DAR Animal Rescue