Ray — Shelter

Location: Henderson, Nevada

The dictionary defines perseverance as doing something despite difficulty. I can’t think of a word that describes what Ray has gone through any better. It was a very cold Chicago winter day with snow and sleet filling up the streets. Witnesses say Ray was walking along the street as a stray when a car sped up and hit him on purpose. A second car was unable to stop, and ran him over yet again. Neither car stopped to check on him. Ray lay in the street for hours until help arrived. Tests later showed Ray had a severe spinal injury which would leave him paralyzed.

It’s a Pittie Rescue took on Ray’s very special case. I made a donation for his wheelchair and then something amazing happened. Ray found a foster mom. Her name was Karen. Karen would take Ray to therapy, neurologist appointments, and vet checkups to help Ray get back to some sort of a normal life.

I had been following Ray’s recovery and updates with Karen for months and I knew I had to meet him. Well, I officially adopted him in April 2018 and even wrote two children’s books about Ray and his road to recovery that teach acceptance of others that are different, and that shelter pets are not broken. They absolutely can turn into the perfect pet. I even started a facebook page for Ray to share updates on him (Ray of Sunshine Miracle Mutt).

Ray is proof to not give up. He has even visited schools to teach children about accepting others that are different. He is a true inspiration and a hero!