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Homeless man's injured dog is released from veterinary hospital

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According to a press release which was provided to the National Dog News Examiner by the Chester Foundation on Friday, River, the nine-month-old puppy who was struck by a car in Roseville, Calif., has been released from the veterinary hospital.

According to Dr. James Young, Executive Director of The Chester Foundation, thanks to generous donations received for River and his guardian, the injured pup will recuperate from his surgery, with his owner Steve, at a local pet-friendly hotel.

The hotel accommodations, and River's veterinary care, followed an outpouring of support from compassionate strangers who were touched by the injured dog's plight, and his homeless guardian's heartbreaking situation.

River was struck by a car on Monday evening and the driver of the car sped away. Thankfully, a good Samaritan named Jennifer Martin stopped to lend the injured dog, and his guardian, a helping hand.

Martin transported River to the Pet Emergency Center and contributed what she could for his care, and then she went a step further and reached out via Facebook for donations to help fund the surgery which River so desperately needed.

What followed has been called a "Christmas Miracle."

The Chester Foundation, who became involved after the veterinary hospital reached out for financial assistance with River's diagnostics, wrote:

After over 6,000 visits to the website and several thousand shares on Facebook from across the United States and as far away as Paraguay and the Dominican Republic, donations and well wishes in multiple languages well exceeded the amount needed to cover River’s surgery and his postoperative care.

As a result of the generosity, the Foundation will be able to cover the cost of several weeks of temporary housing for Steve and River as the 6 week healing process begins.

River's guardian has expressed his heartfelt appreciation for the many strangers who have donated funds (and food and toys) for River's care and recuperation. He is said to be "overwhelmed by the generosity and support."

On Thursday, Steve stated:

“Thank you everyone, but that’s enough! River is going to be fine. Please send all donations to the Chester Foundation so you can help another pet that really needs it.”

Executive Director and Veterinarian Dr. James Young stated:

“This is what the Chester Foundation is all about,

We help disadvantaged pets whose owner’s do not have the ability to pay all or part of the cost of emergency care for their animal companion. Because of the participation from veterinarians and pet hospitals throughout Placer and Sacramento Counties, rates are reduced to make the procedure more affordable for qualified applicants.”

River was given the best care possible with a team from VISTA Veterinary Specialists, led by Dr. JT Vida, DVM, Diplomate ACVS.

Dr. JT Vida, DVM, stated:

“The story has touched so many, including me. I truly feel blessed to be a small part of it,

It was incredible to sit down with Steve for 30 plus minutes and just talk. Makes you realize how fortunate we are and how unfortunate others are.” “Overall, he has an excellent prognosis if he can be kept confined for the next 6 weeks. His age, support from the community and love from the owner will take him a long way.”

The Chester Foundation expressed thanks to Dr. Vida and his team who provided River’s procedure at a reduced rate through their affiliation with the Chester Foundation.

Donations for other pets in need may be dropped off at the Atlantic Street Veterinary Hospital – Pet Emergency Center, 1100 Atlantic Street, Roseville, CA 95678. Donated funds will be made available for future emergency procedures, and items donated will be distributed by The Chester Foundation to disadvantaged pets in need. The Chester Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. ID#27-2042978.

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