Today in heartwarming and inspiring, a second grade class in Topeka, Kansas became straight-up heroes when they banded together to save an injured Australian Shepherd.
Rescue Dog Surprises Second Graders Who Saved His Life
Here's how it all went down. The aforementioned Aussie, was found in January of 2017, abandoned and suffering from a broken leg. The good people at Helping Hands Humane Society in Topeka named the Aussie "Ryker," which means strength. And Ryker was definitely going to need his strength in the coming days, because HHHS determined that — because of the displacement of the bone, which was probably a result of a car accident — the cute dog's injured leg needed to be amputated.
HHHS put together a Facebook video for the sweet pup calling for donations for Ryker's surgery. Note, this was no cheap ask at a whopping $400. Ryker needed a hero. And as it turns out, he got an elementary school class chock full of them.
Trisha Sharp's second grade class at Shawnee Elementary School in Topeka heard about Ryker's plight, and raised $450 for the Aussie's surgery in one day. As KSNT reports, students literally went home and opened up their piggy banks for this pup. Omigod, best second grade class EVER. The community chipped in, and raised $1,500 for Ryker and other animals in need at HHHS.
The kids also sent Ryker "get well" cards because these little kids are sweet as heck and thoughtful as all get out.
Ryker, being a grateful dog with impeccable manners, did not let this kindness go unrewarded. A few weeks after his surgery, Ryker came to visit Trisha Sharp's second grade class. And the pup came bearing treats! He gave each student a personalized thank you card signed with his paw print. Stop, just stop, it's all too cute.
Ryker is going to be fostered until he finds his forever home. Call us sappy sentimentalists, but we really hope that one of the kids from the class adopts the big guy. Or maybe he can just be their class pet, that's totally a thing!
Whatever ends up happening, we know Ryker is going to find a great home, and we know it's in no small part thanks to these pint-size do-gooders.