In October 4, 2016, in a suburb of Athens, Greece, Joy was hit by a car and left there, on the side of the road, to suffer in agony and pain, until the SPAZ rescuers got to her. It’s hard to tell if she was recently abandoned or just lost, but nobody has come forward to claim her so far, and I don’t think anyone ever will.
Joy was taken to the vet immediately. The pain she was is must have been unbearable, but Joy dealt with it wagging her tail. She had two smashed legs, and pneumothorax caused by the force of the impact.
The tag outside her cage in the clinic said: “caution, in severe pain”. She was operated on a few days later, pins, plates and a bone graft were used to put her legs back together, and she remained confined for a few weeks.
Joy’s recovery took months. She had to undergo various surgeries, recover from a severe infection, remain confined and endure the unbearable pain. He foster mum, Elizabeth, was there, by her side the whole time. The vet had recommended that swims, so she would take her swimming every day (in November).
Today, Joy has almost fully recovered. Her bones healed, the pain is gone and antibiotics helped her get over the infection. Elizabeth had promised her that one day, she would run again, and she kept her promise.
So Joy still visits the beach sometimes, where she can finally run, freed from the pain. She is a happy, healthy, loving dog, ready for her forever home.
If you adopt her, you can email the charity at: firstname.lastname@example.org or message their Facebook page. Donations are more than welcome (PayPal: email@example.com)