DENVER – Users of the local NextDoor app gather behind the owner of a 13-year-old dog that has been attacked by a coyote.
Lisa Osborne is an animal lover to the core, and until two weeks ago she never thought she would write about her dog’s attack.
“A couple of Sundays ago it was about 5:30 in the morning and I woke up like a rabbit was being attacked in the backyard and something just felt weird. I woke up and my husband and I went running outside and it was Sadie, “she said.
Sadie, her dog, had been bitten by a coyote several times.
“I ran and grabbed a towel very quickly and ran back, and [my husband] brought her up the stairs from the courtyard. It just dripped in blood. Just blood dripped everywhere. I said, “Please just wrap her in the towel, apply pressure, don’t hurt her.” We were both pretty panicked. It was scary, “said Osborne.
Immediately after the attack, she and her husband jumped into action and took their little dog to a vet hospital.
After dropping Sadie off, she went to the NextDoor app with a purpose.
“I just wanted people to know that I am an animal lover to the core and something like this could have been avoided. I wanted to show people how this happened. If I could help a person save their dog, is what I wanted, “said Osborne.
Her post quickly met with concern and prayers from people in her ward she had never met.
“The involvement of people just contacting and texting me has been overwhelming, overwhelming,” she said.
Among those affected was Don Beck, a complete stranger in Osborne.
“After the first post I kept saying, ‘Man, I hope she follows with a second post,'” Beck said.
He decided to contact the veterinarian hospital. Osborne took Sadie straight to pay the bill and eventually set up a donation account.
“I thought the vet was providing full transparency and 100% of the money went to the cause,” he said.
After Beck reported about the donation route in the NextDoor app, donations flew in.
“I think we were at $ 2,500 in two days. Then it was $ 5,000, then $ 6,000,” said Beck.
Osborne emphasized that the NextDoor post was never about raising donations for Sadie’s vet bill, but rather making her neighbors who own dogs aware of the dangers of coyotes.
She said she was overwhelmed by the kindness and willingness shown to her by total strangers, something she will never forget.
“Thanks, it’s the nicest thing I’ve seen of a community and I’ll never forget it,” said Osborne.