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Abandoned Blind Dog Given New Life (VIDEO)

(TOUCHING TALE) CALIFORNIA — Los Angeles has over 30,000 stray dogs at any given moment, and last year, Fiona was one of them. When Hope for Paws founders Eldad and Audrey Hagar found her, she was abandoned and blind in both eyes. Thanks to the generous donations of people who watched her Youtube video, Fiona now enjoys sight in one eye and a loving family. Read more and watch the video of her rescue and amazing transformation below. — Global Animal

 

 
MSNBC, Laura T. Coffey

If you’ve recently encountered (and cried over) a video of a pup named Fiona, you’re not alone. More than 1 million people have watched the clip — which follows Fiona’s transformation from a squalid, blind street dog to a spiffy, happy fluffball with partially restored eyesight — since it made its debut online a week ago.

We tracked down the folks who rescued Fiona, and posted the video, to find out about her skyrocketing fame thanks to the freaky powers of social media and the Internet.

Fiona was actually rescued more than a year ago by Eldad and Audrey Hagar, a married couple who run a non-profit organization called Hope for Paws out of their Los Angeles apartment. The Hagars operate their rescue organization on a shoe-string budget; Eldad, 36, has grown fond of posting YouTube videos of their often-dramatic street rescues when time permits.

Fiona’s saga was originally conveyed in two separate videos last year. The first one showed her being saved from the streets, shaved, bathed and freed of a terrible flea infestation. That video made a plea for donations to help pay for Fiona’s medical care. The second follow-up video showed footage of Fiona undergoing surgery, being able to see again for the first time, playing happily and snuggling with the Southern California couple who adopted her.

“About 10 days ago, I had this idea to combine the two videos into one video,” Eldad Hagar told TODAY.com. “It was the best decision I ever made in my life.”

The new seamlessly edited video has become a viral hit online and was picked up by major news organizations such as CNN and the Huffington Post. It packs quite an emotional wallop and calls attention to the plight of stray animals everywhere.

“In L.A. alone we have 30,000 stray dogs at any moment,” Hagar said. “People are walking by, seeing dogs like this and doing nothing. We would just love to have people change their behavior. Call someone. Call me. Call a rescue organization. Become a foster parent to a dog. …

“Fiona would have died a miserable death out there, but now she’s so happy.”

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10 Responses to Abandoned Blind Dog Given New Life (VIDEO)

  1. Teresa Watkin June 30, 2013 at 2:57 pm #

    if only all people were so kind to animals, this vodeo was wonderful, made me cry tears of happiness for dear little fiona, hope this imspires many people, loved it thank youxxx.

  2. Jacqueline Rice Sutton December 1, 2012 at 5:31 pm #

    what a lovely ending cried watching it.

  3. Hillary Corby November 16, 2012 at 3:20 pm #

    I was thrilled to see this little wonder playing. Have a happy life Fiona!

  4. Hillary Corby November 16, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

    WELL DONE! that is so wonderful! Brought tears to my eyes. Just cannot fathom how people can treat animals like rubbish. I live in Italy and my dream is to start a refuge for all the abandoned dogs and cats here..they are just dumped in the streets because the rescue facilities are crap. I have two four-legged angels…one rescued in Spain, ROBBI, the other a little puppy, rescued at 3 months from the streets of Palermo Sicily. Check out my Youtube channel and see the video of these two maniacs. Sales from my book, When Angels Fall will go to finance my dream. You can see the book trailer on my channel. Happy doggy tails from Italy! Please help ABANDONED ANGELS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ee_6IrbQEXI&feature=plcp. Kisses from Robbi and Cleo.

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    groovyroom March 30, 2012 at 8:24 am #

    So glad Global Animal covered this story! I love Eldad, he has helped me with a few rescues and he never says no!

  6. Kira Foster on Facebook March 29, 2012 at 10:12 am #

    that was one of the most beautiful stories i have ever seen ,what truelly wonderful people,if only everyone was like that animals wouldnt end up in a situation like that.

  7. Edel Mc Donnell on Facebook March 29, 2012 at 3:52 am #

    Beautiful story, Brilliant to see some great people out there helping these unfortunate animals & giving them a new life <3 x

  8. Avegay Hernandez Miyajima on Facebook March 29, 2012 at 2:50 am #

    thanks to the people who saved the life of this creature… although its impossible to help all of them, one life means a lot… may God bless you

  9. Tina Gunn on Facebook March 29, 2012 at 2:19 am #

    Omg I am sobbing like a baby right now!

  10. Sarah Hopkins-Shooter on Facebook March 29, 2012 at 1:20 am #

    What a great ending to this tale! Made me laugh watching her bounce about!!!

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