The results are in, and 9-month-old Sheltie/Shepherd mix Francis is the winner of Fuzzy Nation’s Super Model Photo Contest! The puppy has become a local celebrity of sorts, and the face of pet adoption for Jackson, MS.
Francis was found on the side of the road in the middle of winter. He had been abandoned in a cardboard box, dehydrated and freezing. He was taken to Community Animal Rescue and Adoption (CARA) in Jackson, where he remained in a coma for four days. He was so malnourished that when he woke up, he couldn’t eat by himself or even walk.
After weeks of dedication from the CARA staff, Francis was adopted by Harriet Scott of Ridgeland, MS.
“He was named after St. Francis of Assisi,” Harriet told local paper The Clarion-Ledger of Francis. “It took a lot of prayer and a lot of love to pull him through.”
After Harriet adopted him, she created a Facebook group for Francis that quickly gained more than 800 members. It was these dedicated supporters who helped Francis clinch the first-place spot in the Fuzzy Nation contest, with more than 8,000 votes.
By winning first place, Francis earned a $10,000 grant from the Petfinder.com Foundation for CARA. On Saturday, Francis and Harriet presented the check to CARA at the group’s “Dog Days” fundraising event. There were more than 200 people in attendance, and by all accounts it was a joyful celebration for CARA. Francis even got some good face time with his fans. Read an article from the Clarion-Ledger about the event.
“This money is like a godsend,” Liz Kepner, chairman of CARA’s board, told the paper.
“We want to thank Harriett Scott for nominating Francis, as well as the Petfinder.com Foundation and Fuzzy Nation,” says CARA board member Denise Cantrell. “Since CARA runs strictly on private donations, this $10,000 will help us tremendously to continue to care for our current as well as future animals. Petfinder.com has been instrumental in helping CARA get so many dogs and cats adopted.”
Francis’ story is a sobering reminder of the cruelty some people are capable of. More importantly, however, it is an inspiring tale that proves that when a community joins together, great things can be accomplished.
To learn more about the Petfinder.com Foundation or to donate, visit www.petfinderfoundation.com
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