LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – One of the most recognizable faces of the Kentucky Humane Society celebrated a birthday on Saturday.
Ethan, a dog left outside the Humane Society clinging to life, was found a year ago.
A family dropping off donations to the non-profit organization saw the dog, who was malnourished and weighed just 38 pounds at the time, and helped out.
“A year ago today, we weren’t even sure he was going to live,” said Jeff Callaway, the dog’s owner. “And if he lived, we didn’t know if he was going to have any problems, get this far in a year, and all the success he’s had, it’s unbelievable.”
After weeks of round-the-clock care and a strict diet, Ethan achieves their goal weight of 80+ pounds and learned to sit and walk properly on a leash with his foster family.
Ethan, who now weighs 130 pounds, celebrated his survival at PG and J’s Dog Park Bar on Saturday. Her story captured worldwide attention and helped fund animal shelters.
Calloway is grateful for the community support for Ethan.
“Spotting him in the parking lot and being aware and alerting someone didn’t just save Ethan’s life,” Callaway said. “All of the donations and awareness given to the Kentucky Humane Society and other local shelters have likely saved the lives of thousands of dogs.”
Feeders Supply will match up to $15,000 in donations to the Kentucky Humane Society through midnight Saturday in honor of the anniversary of Ethan’s rescue.
The funds will support the Kentucky Humane Society’s “Pet Helpline” program, which provides care for pets whose families are facing financial hardship.
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