A Tunica Humane Society volunteer did a truly heroic act. On March 8th, she spotted a large, black, shaggy dog struggling to get up in the middle of the highway on her way to work. In times like this, people have to make the decision to stop and help, or just drive by and hope someone else has the time and resources to help the animal. On the way to work at 7:00 a.m. in the morning, she made it her responsibility to stop and help.
With speeding cars on both sides, and the dog growling at her, but still struggling to get up, Karen kept talking to him and earned his trust. He crawled into her car on his own, and was named Gunnie.
Because of Gunnie’s extensive injuries, the Tunica Humane Society could not help with his medical bills. The director suggested to Karen that she let them euthanize Gunnie, but Karen couldn’t let that happen. She had promised to do everything she could for Gunnie to help him.
Gunnie had surgery for a fractured hip, and had several pins put in his hind leg. Even with the discount given for a shelter rescue by the vet, the bill was $2,700. Karen paid the bill in full when she picked Gunnie up to take home. She is now fostering Gunnie, who is “full of love and life”, and will be available for adoption from the Tunica Humane Society in about six weeks.
But that’s not the entire story behind the rescue of Gunnie. The same day she made that decision to stop and help a large shaggy dog by the highway, she lost her job at the casino where she had worked for the last 12 years. She is currently unemployed.
The Tunica Humane Society has set up a Chip-In account in the hopes of raising enough money to cover Gunnie’s vet bills totaling $2,700 to repay her act of kindness. Please consider making a donation to help Karen who unselfishly made that stop by the side of the road.
Chip-In link for Gunnie’s vet bill
Please check out the following websites of local rescue groups in the Memphis area. They would love to work with you in finding your perfect new family member.
Tails of Hope Dog Rescue – Memphis, TN
Dogs 2nd Chance – Memphis, TN
PAWS of Marion – Marion, AR
Real Good Dog Rescue – Memphis, TN
Listed below are just a few of the shelters in the Memphis area.
Memphis Animal Services – 2350 Appling City Cove, Memphis, TN
West Memphis Animal Shelter- 500 Rushing St, West Memphis, AR
Humane Society of Memphis – 935 Farm Road, Memphis TN,
Bartlett Animal Shelter- 5220 Shelter Run Lane, Bartlett, TN
Germantown Animal Shelter – 7700 Southern Ave, Germantown, TN
Collierville Animal Services – 603 East South Street, Collierville, TN
DeSoto County Animal Shelter – 1251 Humane Way, Nesbit, MS
Olive Branch Animal Shelter – 7100 State Line Road, Olive Branch, MS
Horn Lake Animal Shelter- 6520 Center Street East, Horn Lake, MS