Francis’s Story

This is Francis. He’s a young dog, just about 1 year old, but he has already had a very remarkable life. As is too often the case however, his experiences have not been happy ones.

Francis, as far as we can tell, was living on the streets. About 3 months ago he was hit by a car and left to fend for himself. Eventually a kind person found Francis, realised he was badly injured and tried to help him as best they could. As it happens, they were going through hard times themselves and could not afford to take Francis to the vet.

After keeping Francis for a few months the rescuer realised that they couldn’t deal with Francis’s injuries or care for him properly so they asked CVAS to take him in, get him treated and find a good home for him. The one thing that the rescuer wanted us to know was that through it all, Francis never tried to bite, never growled even though he was obviously in pain. He just seemed happy to be with someone who cared.

When we finally got Francis it was obvious that his left front leg was badly injured, he would not extend it and kept it curled up tight to his chest not matter what he was doing.

We took him straight away to the veterinarian who determined, after a full examination, that the leg was too badly broken and damaged to fix and that removing the leg would be the best thing to do.

Even with a badly broken and badly healed leg, his idea of a good time is playing with his favorite ball!

On February 14th Francis went in for surgery and had his left front leg amputated. The surgery went very well and Francis didn’t seem phased one bit!

This is Francis just after the surgery, he is still unconscious but doing well.

Here he is just after recovering from the anaesthesia. He is such a trooper!!

And here he is already up and visiting one of his neighbours. You really can not keep this dog down, he is truly remarkable.

Francis is currently in the care of a foster family where he is healing and recovering. I will keep you posted on his progress.

Very soon he will be ready to find his much deserved, loving Forever Home! If you are interested in adopting Francis, please contact us at: The Sanctuary for more information.

We have started a ChipIn page for Francis. If you are not familiar with ChipIn, it is a way to contribute for a specific purpose, there is a counter on the page which shows how much is needed and how much has been raised so far. Click here to take a look. Every little bit helps!


Francis is just one of the many animals that we take in each year that require extensive medical care paid for entirely through donations. Please donate and help us to keep providing our animals with the health care they so badly need and that they truly deserve. Together we can make a difference!


About colvillevalleyanimalsanctuary

The Colville Valley Animal Sanctuary is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of abandoned, neglected, and otherwise homeless companion animals. We provide both crisis and long-term sheltering, medical care, fostering, and adoption services - all with the goal of placing our animals permanently in safe and loving homes. We spay and neuter all of the animals in our care and actively promote, through financial donations and community support, the effort to reduce the number of unwanted animals in Stevens County. By example and through education, we promote and advance the values of responsible pet ownership and the humane treatment of animals.
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3 Responses to Francis’s Story

  1. paul six says:

    Thank you for posting Francis’s story. It’s people like you who inspire me to get involved with volunteering for our friends again!

  2. Pingback: Update: Francis the Three-legged Wonder Dog | CVAS

  3. I’m so glad to inspire you Paul. I can’t think of a more meaningful way to make a difference in this world than to care for the animals who need it so badly. Thank you for commenting and for giving your time to the animals.

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