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Rescue Rundown Episode 17: Rita's Angel Fund

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No bouncy kittens. No adorable puppies. On this Christmas Eve Eve, the Rescue Rundown featured a heavy topic of resilience and hope. Abby Wolfe with the Central Oklahoma Humane Society spoke about how dogs like Champ, pictured to the right, end up in the shelter. Wolfe suspects Champ may have been looking for food for a long time while trying to survive as a stray.

Champ, a Border Collie mix who was severely emaciated but now on the mend with the Central Oklahoma Humane Society thanks to funding from Rita's Angel Fund. Photo provided by Central Oklahoma Humane Society.
Champ, a Border Collie mix who was severely emaciated but now on the mend with the Central Oklahoma Humane Society thanks to funding from Rita's Angel Fund. Photo provided by Central Oklahoma Humane Society.

Champ is recovering, currently living with a foster family and eventually should recover enough to be available for adoption. The Border Collie mix should weigh around 60 pounds, but weighs around 40 pounds now.

Wolfe says, "Years ago, we started our Rita’s Angel Fund which allows us to pull animals into our programs that have an injury (maybe due to a car accident) or treatable illnesses. Without that fund we wouldn’t be able to do so."

Regarding Champ, "This dog has the friendliest demeanor and just radiates positivity. Our team believes that is what kept him alive while he was clearly in pain and suffering."

"We gave him the name Champ because our staff is bound and determined to give him a victorious story. I just think it speaks to the holidays and how loving something that ended up this way through no fault of its own is what the holidays are all about."

You can learn more or help more animals like Champ by donating to Rita's Angel Fund.

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Champ, a Border Collie mix who was severely emaciated but now on the mend with the Central Oklahoma Humane Society thanks to funding from Rita's Angel Fund. Photo provided by Central Oklahoma Humane Society.

Champ, a Border Collie mix who was severely emaciated but now on the mend with the Central Oklahoma Humane Society thanks to funding from Rita's Angel Fund. Photo provided by Central Oklahoma Humane Society.

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David Morris

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