A before and after profile of Fiona, a formerly homeless dog now living in a loving home. (Photo: PeoplePets)
More than a year ago, Eldad and Audrey Hagar, founders of Hope for Paws Animal Rescue, discovered a tiny poodle-mix named Fiona in an abandoned Los Angeles lot. She was cowering in a dark greasy corner amid old brooms and rakes, and her matted, filthy coat teemed with fleas. Worst of all, Peoplepets reports, when the activists brought the forlorn pup to veterinary opthamologist Michael Chang, he confirmed she was blind in both eyes.
Hope for Paws soon raised $4,500 for Chang to perform a procedure to restore Fiona’s sight in one eye.
This week, a video (watch in full below) of Fiona's rags to riches ordeal went viral, with shout-outs from major new organizations, including The Today Show.
"She wagged! She was so happy," Eldad recalled. "For the first time, she made the connection between hearing our voices and our smells to seeing our faces. It's just like being blindfolded all your life, and all of a sudden, you're 10 years old and they take your blindfold off. It's just an incredible thing."