On July 9, volunteers at Hope Lives Here Animal Rescue received the grainy picture of a dog clearly in distress. They knew this animal was in urgent need of help, but they had obstacles in getting to the dog, who was located more than five hours north of Hope Lives Here's Red Deer, Alberta base.
"As soon as we saw it, it was important that we try to help as much as possible," explains Jessica Nagorski, founder of Hope Lives Here. "We quickly called a foster home and had someone go and look for the dog. But it wasn't found that night," Nagorski explains.
In an effort to get the word out about the dog, Hope Lives Here posted a screenshot of the message to their Facebook page, which has more than 3100 followers.
"We have thousands of supporters on our page and once the word got out that this dog was in need, we had people offering to go and get the dog all the way from Calgary," says Nagorski.
There were people much closer who were able to help -- people like Cheryl Wood, who runs In The Woods Animal Rescue, just south of Peace River, Alberta. Her organization joined the search and within 48 hours a volunteer was able to find and rescue the dog, who is now named Mindy. Volunteers say she may never have gotten help if her picture hadn't been posted.