Sarah's Story: Jayson Dog

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(Columbia) A Boonville stray dog needs your help. Jayson, a Dachshund, was hit by a car.  The impact injured him so severely he couldn't walk or wag his tail. Jayson owes his health to a group of kids, a lemonade stand and a dog named Jordan. Jordan, a Golden Retriever has never met Jayson but he might have saved Jayson's life.

"Boonville Police picked him up off of the street after he was hit by a car. The owner didn't come forward, " said Sarah Collins of Columbia Second Chance referring to Jayson's injuries.

With a shattered pelvis on both sides, unable to walk or move but a few inches, Jayson faced being put down. He needed a 35 hundred dollar surgery. Columbia's Second Chance started sharing his story and Abby Schaben, a 7 year old was listening.

"Sad...because it reminded me of my dog that died."

Abby's dog, Jordan, passed away just last year.

"When he got sick my parents had to carry him into bed....sick by cancer and it died," said Abby from the office of Horton Animal Hospital Northeast in Columbia.

Not wanting to see Jayson face the same fate as her dog Jordan, Abby and friends like Carter Foutch started selling lemonade, donating money from their savings and cleaning out their closets to hold a garage sale. Their efforts kick started a fund-raising campaign to try to save Jayson's quality of life. The MU Vet school performed the 5 hour surgery and Horton Animal Hospital Northeast cared for his recovery.

"I just cant get over how amazing it is when kids find out like that they just so freely give, " said Collins. "They don't think twice about it. Now, they get to see what they did and hopefully that will help them later in life to realize what they can do."

"I was just thinking about how the owner would feel and I was just helping the dog," said Abby who is 7 years old.

Recently, Jayson got to meet the children who helped save his life. Far better than any lemonade, the sweet taste of charity.

If you'd like to help pay for Jayson's surgery, please visit
Columbia Second Chance Jayson Fund . Abby Schaben is holding another lemonade stand on May 19th from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm at 3003 Crabapple Lane in Mill Creek Manor in Columbia. Jayson is up for adoption. If you'd like to be his forever home, you can contact Columbia Second Chance. For now, Carter's family is serving as Jayson's foster family.  CSC says any additional funds gathered above Jayson's cost will be donated to the "Lady Fund", that helps other animals at the shelter.  The fund is named after a stray dog a Board member took in years ago that recently died.