This is the remarkable story of Zeus, who was effectively paralyzed at the time the wonderful volunteers from St. Francis Care rescued him from a high-kill animal shelter in Oklahoma.

Following a great month of adoptions in July 2012, St. Francis Care went in search of at-risk animals to fill up the now-empty crates. Zeus, only 6 months old, and suffering from a limp that is now believed to have been the first sign of the effects of distemper, had been dropped off at a high-kill animal shelter by his family because they didn't want a "defective dog." When St. Francis volunteers Lynda and Dawn found out about Zeus through a Facebook search, they consulted Dr. Kay Creese, Director of St. Francis Care, about bringing Zeus to their no-kill shelter in southern Illinois. Dr. Crease quickly agreed, knowing that Zeus would not survive where he was. After a two-week quarantine ahead of his transport to southern Illinois, Zeus's condition had deteriorated further. He could not move his legs and was even unable to eat or drink.

Watch what happens next as a dedicated community of volunteers comes to Zeus's aid.

If you can, please support the ongoing efforts of St. Francis Care to help shelter animals such as Zeus. To make a donation, please visit

Narrators: Lynda Kuether and Dawn Boyd
Editor: Jason Greene
Music: "Candlelight" by Jahzzar (

St. Francis Care
6228 Country Club Road
Murphysboro, IL 62966

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