At the veterinary hospital, Hofer recalls, "they didn't even know what color he was because he was covered in blood."
And, although Jude appeared to recover at first, his health took a sudden turn for the critical.
His fighting spirit, however, may have been contagious.
"We thought we were going to lose him again," Hofer says.
The veterinarian refused to give up on him, taking Jude out of his cage for short walks, even when the dog didn't want to move.
One paw in front of the other, Jude.
Inch by painstaking inch, he got better. Finally, he found his way to a foster family - where he began winning hearts.
And best friends.
A Pathway to Hope