Tre-Joe the 7-month-old German Shepherd rescued Aug. 5 with "horrific" injuries is on his way to a better life, thanks to his community.
"There are no words," says one of his rescuers Livermore resident Laura Long. "We are amazed that so many people want good things for him."
Long raised $3,230 dollars in less than a week after Livermore Patch posted his story. The money will help pay for Tre-Joe's physical therapy and a front-wheel cart that will allow him faster mobility. He is still looking for his forever home.
Now, Tre-Joe, Long and his foster mom JJ Jacobson of Bay Area German Shepherd Rescue are offering a chance to meet the pup himself.
"At the intersection of Springtown and Bluebell, turn right onto Bluebell," says Jacobson. "Follow it around for about a half-mile. It will be on the left. There's a large opening of greenbelt, and you'll see a table with a Bay Area German Shepherd Banner, signifying that is the place!"
Tre-Joe fans are welcomed to stop by between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.*
Long is one of Tre-Joe, TJ or "Roky's" rescuers. On Aug. 5, she and her daughter Candice were walking their two dogs, a yellow lab named Brutus and a pitt bull named Sage when they saw Tre-Joe sitting on the front porch of a home not known for having a dog.
"I noticed blood on the sidewalk and just knew it was from him," Long says.
After walking back home and leaving the two dogs, she and her daughter returned to the house and, as Tre-Joe sat up realized the extent of his injuries. She called Livermore Police Animal Control and waited for their arrival.
A Livermore Police Animal Control officer described the dog’s leg as “horrific and probably the worst untreated injury I have ever seen. The suffering that the dog must have endured is unthinkable.”
The dog faced euthanasia or amputation, but Tri-Valley Animal Rescue agreed to use its "Cinderella Fund," an emergency reserve for medical situations, to help pay for treatment at Bishop Ranch Medical Center in San Ramon, which reduced its price.
The 7-month-old dog had his front left leg amputated due to due to broken and exposed bones, nerve damage, infection, and dead tissue, Long says.
"TJ is an awesome pup," Jacobson said in an email to supporters. "He is extremely fortunate to have so many admirers and supporters. Thank you so much!"
*Editor's note: Originally, the article stated that the name of the park where Tre-Joe was doing his meet and greet was Springtown Park.