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Successful Surgery Saves Kingsley's Leg Thanks to HFGDR

Kingsley had just landed at Morristown Airport and traveled to Home For Good Dog Rescue for a little grooming before his surgery. Credits: Bobbie Peer
Volunteers help to clean and feed puppies. Credits: Bobbie Peer
Pilot Thomas Callahan transports Kingsley and 17 puppies to New Jersey. Credits: Matthew Holowienka
Kingsley needed surgery to save leg. Credits: Matthew Holowienka
Credits: Matthew Holowienka
18 total dogs were transported to New Jersey to be adopted. Credits: Bobbie Peer
18 total dogs were transported to New Jersey to be adopted. Credits: Bobbie Peer

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Kingsley, the purebred English Springer Spaniel, is recuperating after surgery that saved his leg. He will be looking for his "forever home" in early 2018.

Kingsley's journey to New Jersey began when Home for Good Dog Rescue wanted to help save his leg. Kingsley was hit by a car that crushed his back leg and specialized surgery was necessary to save it from being amputated.

Home for Good Dog Rescue received a call from the veterinarian in Georgia to see if they could help. The vet told HFGDR, "I don't want to put this dog down, he is a wonderful dog, can you help?"

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"We said, 'absolutely'," said Matthew Holowienka of HFGDR.

Originally, amputation seemed likely for Kingsley, however, after connecting with Garden State Veterinary Associates in Tinton Falls, NJ, HFGDR was informed there was hope to save his leg through specialized orthopedic surgery.

Holowienka explained that the veterinarians they use in the southern states could not handle the specialized surgery necessary to save Kingsley's leg, so they transported him to New Jersey.

 "If there was a chance to save his leg, we were going to take it, that's why we flew him up," said Holowienka. 

Pilot Thomas Callahan made the special trip to South Carolina to transport Kingsley. Callahan flies on his free time and makes several trips for us, said Holowienka. "He helped us out when we were doing the Texas rescue and brought some of the dogs back for us."

Since Callahan was going down, they transported a total of 18 dogs in this flight. "If there are other dogs that can go on board, then let's do it," said Holowienka. Because siblings can travel together, this transport included a few sets of black and yellow lab mix siblings.

When the 18 dogs arrived to Berkeley Heights on a Sunday afternoon, their facility was a buzz with "all hands on deck" eager and happy to help. "We have a great team of volunteers that are always here willing to help," said Holowienka. He said that when a transport comes in they feed the dogs, bath and cut their nails. They also have a vet tech on staff that makes sure their medical records are up to date.  

The dogs went to foster homes immediately and are ready for adoption. 

For Kingsley, his recovery will take up to 8 weeks and then he will be ready for adoption. He may need additional surgeries due to the injuries being more serious than initially thought. However, HFGDR remain hopeful for his recovery.  

For ways to help Home for Good Dog Rescue save other deserving dogs this holiday season, please visit

Home for Good Dog Rescue (HFGDR) is a 100% foster-based, non-profit 501(c)(3) dog rescue established in 2010 in Summit, New Jersey with offices in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. We rescue homeless dogs from high-kill shelters in the South, which are overflowing with unwanted dogs on the brink of being euthanized. We socialize, care for, and provide them life-saving medical care at our property in Aiken, SC, transport them to our rescue in New Jersey, and nurture them in our network of foster families while they await adoption into loving homes – giving them a second chance at life. To date, we have saved over 5,700 dogs from euthanasia. 

Related article: Rescue Dog Flies to New Jersey for Surgery and to Seek New Year’s Home

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