Maria Williamson was sitting in her car at a stoplight late last June when a bullet ripped through the window and struck her in the face.
“The bullet went through my nose and damaged my right eye. Over the course of the next week I had two surgeries, one of them to remove my right eye”
Two months later to the day, Williamson adopted a 4-week-old puppy named Bear. The little guy had been attacked by a bigger dog and lost an eye of his own.
“I immediately thought, ‘He’s so perfect! I know his struggles and I know what he is going through. We both see life through one lens.”
Bear was very badly injured when he was brought to the Animal Rescue Foundation in August. Surgeons removed bear’s eye and started a fundraising campaign to cover the cost.
The moment Maria found out about Bear via social media, she wasted no time scooping the little puppy up, “I adopted Bear the same day. I couldn’t let him sit in the vet’s office one more night. I knew he needed to be home, and loved on by his human,” she said.
Bear and Maria are both recovering from their injuries, though it will be a while till they are back in full swing. Since the stoplight shooting, six arrests have been made and police suspect a carjacking attempt as motive behind the attack. Maria’s coworkers started a fundraising campaign for the hardworking server to help cover Maria’s steep medical expenses.
Williamson loves having the opportunity to give Bear a second chance, while she too recovers.
“Like me, he is a survivor. We are not victims, we are survivors who get to share our story.”
It’s amazing how animals can help people cope in the toughest situations… and how valuable a friend with shared experiences really is.
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