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JO JO - Both Front Legs Run Over by Car

The dog had no license or collar and was very thin and dehydrated.

He carried the dog home and called Society for the Protection of Animals (S.P.A.) for help. JoJo was referred to Ohio State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital where an incredible surgery was performed to repair his two broken front legs.

Image -  - Jo Jo was an excellent patient.

Jo Jo was an excellent patient.

When told that the cost of surgery would exceed $2,000, we didn't know what to do. S.P.A. has a very limited budget, but as we looked down at JOJO in the "hospital wagon", he looked up at us with his incredibly soulful eyes, wagging. The decision to go ahead with the operation was clear. We would try to raise the money to pay for the surgery. Where there is a will, there is a way.

The surgery was performed by a team of surgeons, headed up by Orthopedic Specialist, Dr. India Wood.

Image -  - Dr. India Wood at Ohio State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital headed up the team who repaird Jo Jo's broken front legs.  JOJO says,

Dr. India Wood at Ohio State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital headed up the team who repaird Jo Jo's broken front legs. JOJO says, "THANKS DR. WOOD! I LOVE YOU SO MUCH FOR MAKING ME ALL BETTER!"

When we picked Jo Jo up from Ohio State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital we knew that he was going to require lots of special care. Terry and I were up for the task.

Jo Jo had wraps on his legs and was required to see the local veterinarian for bandage changes, etc. He needed to remain on special medicine for six weeks.

We designed Velcro "dog boots" to keep his soft casts dry.

The bills, when all was said and done, totaled over $2,500.

Many people donated, and thanks to them, Jo JO was able to obtain the surgery he required in order to be able to walk again.

A Special Thanks to Dr. India Wood and to all of OHU staff for not only doing the necessary surgery but also for all of the special TLC they gave to this poor boy.

S.P.A. can not say enough GOOD about the top notch, professional care and treatment "our boy" JOJO received at this state of the art OSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital!

Image -  - After a few weeks, Jo Jo was able to have one cast removed. That must have felt wonderful to him!

*** A special note that not everyone knows about Jo Jo is that he smelled like buttered popcorn! We had no idea why, but he did.

After a few weeks, Jo Jo was able to have one cast removed. That must have felt wonderful to him! *** A special note that not everyone knows about Jo Jo is that he smelled like buttered popcorn! We had no idea why, but he did.

Everyone at the Hospital called "JOJO" by name. They had all come to love him and it was quite obvious that they do indeed become emotionally involved with their patients!

Dr. Wood and her team at OSU College of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital did an incredible job of putting JOJO's legs back together!

And there was even more GREAT NEWS for JOJO!

One of the medical Students, who has since become licensed veterinarian, fell in LOVE with JOJO and adopted him on Saturday, February 7th, 2004.

Image -  - Doc Becky really fell for this fella'! Who says a vet can't fall in love with her patient? Doc Becky did and let S.P.A. know that she wanted to make him a permenant part of her family. They now live in Upstate New York, where Jo Jo is able to go on farm calls with Doc Becky. What a wonderful life!!!

Doc Becky really fell for this fella'! Who says a vet can't fall in love with her patient? Doc Becky did and let S.P.A. know that she wanted to make him a permenant part of her family. They now live in Upstate New York, where Jo Jo is able to go on farm calls with Doc Becky. What a wonderful life!!!

Who says a vet can't fall in love with her patient?!!

Becky began working as a licensed veterinarian somewhere in Upstate New York where she was able to be nearer to her family. JOJO said, "I think I am IN LOVE with my vet!"

"Doc" Becky said JOJO is able to go on farm calls with her. Can you imagine what a wonderful life he is having now? One thing is for sure, he will be getting plenty of love and TOP NOTCH VET CARE for the rest of his life!

I cried d when JOJO left with Dr. Becky. Ie couldn't even go out to watch them pull down the drive. But I knew in my heart that JOJO would have a wonderful life with "Doc" Becky. So this was both an ending and a beginning for JOJO, the lucky dog who was run over and left for dead by the side of the road.

MOST APPRECIATED GIFT OF ALL!

"Terry and I took JOJO to Ben Lewis' house in Bellevue, Ohio so that they could finally meet...

Image -  - JOJO insisted on saying goodbye to Fremont Animal Hospital. They helped with JOJO's care throughout his recovery. JOJO is shown above with some of his favorite people at Fremont Animal Hospital.

JOJO insisted on saying goodbye to Fremont Animal Hospital. They helped with JOJO's care throughout his recovery. JOJO is shown above with some of his favorite people at Fremont Animal Hospital. "I'll miss you," he says!

You see, Ben, a compassionate 8 year old young man, made JOJO a BEAUTIFUL Christmas Card and gave him a scrumptious Christmas present!

He also had saved up nickels, dimes and quarters to help pay for JOJO's surgery.

S.P.A. wanted to extend a very personal, special thanks to Ben Lewis', and his parents... for teaching Ben the importance of selflessness and compassion... the greatest gift a parent can give.

Following is the story of Ben Lewis and JOJO...

Image -  - We took Jo Jo to Bellevue, OH so he could personally meet Ben Lewis. Ben really impressed us with his genuine concern for Jo Jo's welfare. My oh my, his parents must be proud!

We took Jo Jo to Bellevue, OH so he could personally meet Ben Lewis. Ben really impressed us with his genuine concern for Jo Jo's welfare. My oh my, his parents must be proud!

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Printed in The Fremont News-Messenger

Voice of the People

Saturday, December 20th, 2003

THE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS___________________________________________

Society for the Protection of Animals has received many donations to help pay for JoJo's surgery, and we would like to thank all those who’ve given in an effort to help this wonderful, young dog. We’re still a long way off from the total cost of the medical expenses incurred, but every donation is much appreciated by our small, nonprofit organization.

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JoJo is the retriever that was hit by a vehicle and left for dead by the side of the road. S.P.A. took JoJo to Ohio State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital for a necessary and extensive surgery to repair broken and crushed bones in his front legs. JoJo's medical bills will exceed $2,500.

At times, it is not obvious just how compassionate we human beings can be, especially in the fast-paced, technical world of today. In many ways we have become a "me, me, me" society. But S.P.A. received a very special donation from an eight-year old boy from Bellevue, Ohio who reminded us of the “true meaning of Christmas”.

We received one curiously heavy envelope. Inside, was a baggie filled with pennies, nickels, and dimes. There was also a Christmas card that said, "Please accept the enclosed change on behalf our eight year old son, Ben. He learned about JoJo's difficulties and emptied out his allowance money to help out JoJo. He wanted me to be sure to tell you that if he had $100 he’d wish it for JoJo." Merry Christmas, the Lewis Family

There was $1.20 in change inside the baggie. The envelope cost $1.52 in postage. Tears welled in our eyes and we were reminded of the real compassion that DOES exist in our world, and that with children like Ben, we can have hope in the future.

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