PATERSON, NJ – A severely injured dog found on Route 20 in Paterson is continuing to recover at Oradell Animal Hospital.
Picked up on Nov. 29 by a Good Samaritan after likely being struck by a car, the female yellow Labrador was unable to walk or stand and rushed to the hospital, where veterinarians discovered she had a fractured pelvis, arthritis and a mammary tumor.
Since being brought in, the hospital has worked with local authorities in an attempt to track down her owner, but efforts have not been successful and no one has come forward to claim the dog.
Paterson’s chief animal control officer John DeCando, who has spoken with vets at the hospital, said the dog was found by Lowe’s Home Improvement and very little is known about her.
"We don’t know if she is a Paterson dog or where she is from,” he said. Nicknamed “Hope,” the older female lab is being taken care of but will need much more care.
In order to help, Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge (RBARI) has launched a fundraiser to help cover medical-related expenses for Hope. As of Friday afternoon, more than $7,000 has been donated for Hope’s care.
“If only Hope could tell us her story,” RBARI said of its fundraiser effort. “After her heartbreaking ordeal, she wants only to love and be comforted. Hope’s faith in the kindness of humans remains strong, as she trusts in a way we don’t deserve. With your support, we are here to give Hope the promise of a better tomorrow.”
"We don’t know where she came from, but we know where Hope is going. Only days filled with love and security lie ahead for her. Please consider a donation towards Hope’s medical care and hospitalization, and please share to help us find a foster / forever home. Hope deserves comfort and love, and in return she will repay you with a heart filled with gratitude and hope,” RBARI said.
Contact Oradell Animal Hospital at 201-262-0010 if you recognize Hope or have any information.