WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — A GoFundMe page set up to raise money for a family pet has gone viral, now the Warwick family is sharing their story.
Barbara and Daniel Gelpieryn said they rescued 7-year-old Molly from Texas.
The Gelpiern’s told Eyewitness News Molly was in rough shape when they received her, but they wanted to give her the loving home she deserved.
Molly soon showed signs of discomfort walking and a series of x-rays discovered BB gun bullets in both of her hind legs.
With medical bills climbing into the thousands of dollars, the couple took to GoFundMe to supplement the cost.
“We had the idea to do the GoFundMe, we set it up and got around $500 from mostly family and friends,” Daniel Gelpieryn said.
Gelpieryn’s daughter had reached out to an influencer on Twitter, “WeRateDogs” to share their story. That’s when it picked up traction online.
Within minutes the donations came pouring in.
“In 31 minutes it hit the goal of $5,000,” Barbara Gelpieryn said. “Within an hour we hit $6,000.”
Molly is slowly getting back to her normal self, despite a 10-inch incision in her leg and 20 staples.
The Gelpieryn’s said many of the donations were between 5 and 10 dollars. It might not sound like much, but, it did add up.
Barbara says what might not be a significant amount of money for you, could be for someone else.
Molly is expected to undergo another surgery to remove three teeth. We are told she will make a full recovery.
“It’s really heartwarming to know that people do care,” said Barbara.