MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – You may remember the puppy named Libre. A farmer left him for dead on a Lancaster County farm and was later charged with animal cruelty. The veterinarian who saved his life is now starting a new non-profit organization in Libre’s name.
Libre was clinging to life just three months ago. Now, he has a gift to help other animals who need veterinary care.
The Boston terrier met his mom Bella Saturday afternoon during Pumpkinfest at Speranza Animal Rescue. Bella had mange in July and was at the Lancaster County SPCA. She has been adopted. Libre had severe mange and maggots on his body when he arrived at the Dillsburg Veterinary Center.
“My wife and I had the idea to start Libre’s Gift,” said Dr. Ivan Pryor, owner of the Dillsburg Veterinary Center.
Pryor and his team nursed Libre back to health. He and his wife decided to launch the 501(c)(3) non-profit and put $10,000 in it to get it started.
“Right now, we’re relying on donations and sales on t-shirts,” Pryor said.
Half of the proceeds will go to help the dogs at Speranza, the rescue that saved Libre. The other half will go into a fund to help pets of homeless or low-income people receive life-saving services and surgeries with proof of income from the Dillsburg Veterinary Center.
“Even if the owner is in some financial difficulty, we want to do what we can to keep their pet with them,” Pryor said.
“If they’re in hard times or what not and they can’t afford their pet’s care, I think it’s amazing because just because you can’t afford thousands of dollars in vet bills does not make you a bad owner,” said Janine Guido, founder of Speranza Animal Rescue.
Libre and his mom Bella have a happy ending. Pryor hopes more animals get that chance through Libre’s Gift.
“I 100-percent believe everything happens for a reason,” Guido said. “There’s definitely a reason Libre came to us, and there’s a reason why he survived.”
“This story certainly brought a lot of smiles to a lot of people’s faces,” Pryor said. “For us to give back, it’s a small thing, but it’s a big thing for people that are receiving some of that help.”
You can buy t-shirt by going to www.libresgift.org the week of Oct. 17.