Trisha Sharp, a second-grade teacher at Shawnee Heights Elementary School in Topeka, Kansas, didn’t know that book she recently read to her class would make such an impact. The book Sharp read to her students is called, “Sheepdog in the Snow,” and it is about kids who find a stranded sheepdog with a broken leg. Coincidentally, Sharp just so happened to see a Facebook post from the Helping Hands Humane Society of Topeka.
The post was about a 6-month-old Australian Shepherd mix named Ryker, who was found on the side of a road by a veterinarian. It was assumed he was hit by a car because he had a broken leg. The shelter reached out to its followers with a video asking for donations for Ryker’s $400 surgery.
Sharp thought it would be a good idea to tell her students about Ryker and showed them the video, while also sending a note home with each kid’s parents.
“They came back the next day and our kids raised over $450,” said Sharp. “None of this was me. This was just them out of the kindness of their hearts.”
As a thank you, Helping Hands Humane Society brought Ryker to Shawnee Heights Elementary School where he gave the second graders personalized “thank you” letters.
“As soon as we walked into the school, people in the front office and walking down the hallway recognized him,” Emi Griess, a volunteer coordinator at Helping Hands Humane Society, told TODAY. “He got lots of attention as soon as he walked in the door.”
The kids were very excited and happy to see Ryker.
Sharp said, “They all got to get a picture with him … and the shelter was nice enough to make little prints of Ryker’s paws.”
Ryker enjoyed himself as well and proved his gratefulness for the students. He posed for pictures, cuddled, and gave everyone a face full of kisses.
“It was very heartwarming to see this group of second-graders who were so excited to see him and know that they had worked so hard to raise money for him and his surgery,” said Griess.
In the mood for some even greater news? The shelter received over 100 applications from families hoping to adopt him.
How about some even better news? According to Helping Hands Humane Society’s Facebook page, Ryker has finally found his forever home.
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Here’s to a nice, long happy and healthy life, Ryker!
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