Wildlife officials had initially tried to track Grace down to remove the arrow, but their efforts were fruitless. Still, nine months later, the deer's painful plight wasn't forgotten by those who knew she still needed to be helped.
A petition was launched on Care2.org urging state Department of Environmental Protection officers to act - and the response was overwhelming. More than 100,000 people added their signatures on Grace's behalf, an outpouring of support which ultimately spurred officials to take action once and for all.
On Tuesday, New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) announced that it had succeeded in tracking Grace down and was finally able to help right the wrong she'd been made to endure for so long. After tranquilizing her with a dart, experts carefully removed the arrow shaft from her face, opting to leave the arrow head in place since her flesh had healed around it.