Molly's on the mend, thanks to vet hospital, public support
Dr. Deborah Kelloway, left, owner of the Center for Advanced Veterinary Care, looks to see how Molly is walking with support from Merideth Tompkins, veterinary technician, left, and Kala Stevens, tech assistant. (Shawne K. Wickham/Sunday News)
The plucky border collie won hearts across New Hampshire, the nation and even abroad after all of her legs were broken when she was hit by a plow during a December snowstorm in Manchester.
Molly's owner, an Iraq war veteran, brought the badly injured animal to the Center for Advanced Veterinary Care, where veterinarian Deborah Kelloway and the rest of her staff resolved to save her.
Kelloway was able to do so through her nonprofit adoption program, All Better Pets, which provides medical care for animals whose owners cannot - or in some cases will not - pay for the care. The owners agree to surrender the animals to ABP, which then finds new homes for them.
"Every day she makes big progress."
Molly even managed to get up and walk on her own last week when she decided it was time to go outside to do her business.
Kelloway said in a few days, Molly should be able to go home, where her owner will have to guard against her slipping or falling.
It will be a bittersweet parting not only for the folks at the vet clinic and All Better Pets, but for the thousands of fans Molly has gained on social media.
What is there about this dog that has touched so many?
Meanwhile, all the attention to Molly has helped other unfortunate animals as well. Donations in Molly's name reached nearly $45,000 by the end of last week, and Kelloway expects those funds will help ABP provide medical care to abandoned pets for the entire year.
Her clinic has become "an accidental shelter," she said. "I want these animals to get good care."
The vet thanked Granite Staters for their embrace of Molly and animals like her. "We've got to be the most dog-loving state. Cats, too. We just have very compassionate pet owners."
"You think you're helping someone and they end up helping you."
For more: www.allbetterpets.org.
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