Rescue Dog Surprises Second Graders Who Saved His Life

By Kit Steinkellner

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.

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.

Ryker

Yesterday, this 6-month-old Aussie mix puppy came to HHHS with an injured leg, possibly from being hit by a car. We gave him some pain meds, then took X-rays and discovered that his femur is broken. Because of the displacement of the bone (how it is broken), amputation is the best option. He is still currently a stray, meaning he is does not yet belong to HHHS. If you recognize this sweet boy or think you might know who he belongs to, please spread the word! We would love for him to go back home. If he isn't claimed by his previous family, however, we will take him to get surgery on Friday and will put him into a loving foster care home to recover. While receiving lots of attention and care in his foster home, he'll get to eat yummy, nutritious food for growing puppies from Hill’s Pet Nutrition to not only help him become a healthy adult, but to assist in the healing process as well. #HillsFoodShelterLove For now, we are calling him "Ryker," which means strength. The cost to cover his surgery, medical expenses, and foster care is about $400. If you would like to contribute to Ryker's recovery, you can donate online via our website here: http://www.hhhstopeka.org/donate/donate-online/ (please type "Ryker" in the special instructions box), in person in our gift shop, or you can call us at 785-233-7325 to donate over the phone. Any amount helps! If we raise over $400 for Ryker, the additional donations will go into our Emergency Care Fund for other pets in need who come through our doors. Thank you for your continued support of our mission to care for the homeless pets in our community!

Posted by Helping Hands Humane Society on Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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.