Every day we come across dozens of stories about abandoned or sheltered animals being given a second chance at life after being on the brink of death, but the story of how doctors saved Bishop the German Sheppard's life is like no other.
The 7-year-old dog became extremely ill while living in a shelter in Chicago. When his condition started to worsen, he was taken to a veterinarian, who found stones in his bladder.
The vet informed staff at the Chicago Care and Animal Control that Bishop will require surgery to remove the stones, but the procedure would set them back $7,000. Unfortunately, the shelter couldn't afford to cover this expense, so they scheduled an appointment to euthanize him a few days later.
That's when the Wisconsin-based Woof Gang Rescue of Racine stepped up to the plate.
"They're not disposable to us and if we have the option to save them, we're going to do it," Jodie Hoffman-Ruffalo, executive director of the organization, told WISN-TV.
The organization heard the shelter's plea, and decided to take matters into their own hands, and help Bishop get the treatment he needed.