Hope's plight shows how much BARC has changed

- Her hind legs don’t work anymore, but this dog named Hope doesn’t seem to mind. She’s been saved by love and nothing beats that.

“It wasn’t fair what happened to her,” said BARC volunteer Paige Storz.

On July 17th, an animal control officer found Hope preparing to die under a stranger’s house after being hit by a car.

“The dog has some injuries to its back legs,” said BARC Chief Veterinarian Dr. Tony Malone.

Malone id the first to admit years ago Hope wouldn’t have stood a chance at BARC. In the past the live release rate at BARC was in single digits.

Today it’s around 70%.

“If we can do whatever is in our power to get animals out of here alive, then that’s what we’re going to do,” said Malone. “And that’s what we did in the case of this animal.”

“One might think they won’t survive the situation and we do everything we can to make sure they do,” said BARC spokesperson Ashtyn Rivet.

BARC contacted North Durham Animal Hospital where Storz works.

The two are now inseparable.

“When we put her in the wheelchair it totally blew my mind 100 percent. She was ecstatic, she was just ready to go,” Storz said.

“We have 25,000 animals coming through our door every year,” Rivet said.

And BARC says it’s saving more lives through partnerships with rescue groups and volunteers like Storz whose now trying to find Hope a forever home,

“I just want some love I just want to find that perfect family,” Storz said on Hope’s behalf.

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