Piper deserves the best care we can provide. As a young couple, we have made sacrifices to afford this procedure. But what's great about this generation is we can use technology to help: Piper is loved by so many people, and that showed when our community came together on multiple crowdfunding sites to quickly raise over half the funds for her surgery. Not only did our friends and co-workers support us throughout the surgery, but we received countless calls, texts and emails wishing her well and asking if we needed anything. It was remarkable to see everyone rally around our pup.
But Piper isn't the only dog who deserves this kind of care. If you spend time with any dog, you'll quickly learn their quirks and preferences. You'll see what gets them excited, what treats and games are their favorites, and how much love they have to give to those who will accept it. There are over seven million pets in U.S. shelters alone, waiting for someone to choose them and learn about their unique personality. Making the decision to adopt a companion animal should not be done lightly. It's a forever decision that might require unexpected challenges like expensive surgeries and carrying your large dog up multiple flights of stairs.
If we pooled our resources, time and love to help each other out, pet adoption could become a viable option for more individuals and families: from homecoming celebrations and pet sitting to raising funds for the more challenging times. And that would mean less pets living out their lives without a family to call their own.
They say "it takes a village to raise a child," but our village came together for a dog and we will be forever grateful.