Zoey was about a year old when she was found beneath a pile of discarded lumber. "The dogs were being fed old bread and we believe they were fighting for limited resources," Ashley Mauceri, manager of cruelty response for the HSUS, told The Dodo.
She had two major fractures in her leg that were both left untreated for a long period of time, and she could barely walk on one of her legs. "Zoey was loose in a large pen with dogs much larger than she is, so I imagine it was tough for her to access the food when it came around," Mauceri said.
Everyone loved Zoey, and a couple from Maryland, Jackie and Devin, ended up adopting her. "When Jackie first met Zoey in the vet's office, she immediately fell in love. I think it was the ears," Mauceri said. When Zoey met Jackie and Devin, she ran right into Jackie's arms. Zoey was so excited she even peed a little on Jackie's foot.
"Over the past few months, Jackie and Devin have taught Zoey what it is like to really be a dog - to have treats and toys, to be loved and cared for, and not to have to fight for food or a warm place to sleep at night," Mauceri said. They renamed her Sasha, and Sasha put her remaining three legs to good use in the yard.
HSUS is the nation's largest animal protection organization. They've worked to protect animals for more than 60 years and they're the nation's largest provider of services for animals, caring for more than 100,000 animals each year. If you'd like to help dogs like Zoey, volunteer for the HSUS. To watch Zoey's complete transformation, check it out here: