When the news segment first aired of Barbara Garcia who found her small schnauzer in the rubble following a tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, something resonated with viewers in Texas.
"Stan (my husband) and I both have mothers that are widowers, they live alone," explained Colleen Rothschild of Plano to CBS News. "It just touched us."
And the Rothschilds were not alone. Another woman touched by Garcia's story set up an account for the pair on GoFundMe.com. Donors have been offering everything from help with veterinary expenses to funding to help get the dog owner back into her home. And the funds will be put to good use since Garcia did not have insurance to cover the damage.
In a short time, Garcia's account began to steadily grow.
"In 24 hours," she says, "the site gathered more than $1500 in donations!"
The generosity of strangers has brought the grateful elderly woman to tears. She was beside herself just to have her dog back, and now they have a little less to worry about.