Rescued dog steals the show at 3rd annual Pets Rock fundraiser

Published: Mar. 22, 2014 at 4:30 AM EDT|Updated: Mar. 26, 2014 at 4:03 AM EDT
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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Supporters of the 3rd annual Pets Rock Fundraiser got quite a surprise Friday night.  Waiting behind closed doors was living proof of the event's success.

Amber, a tan mixed-breed, amazed the crowd when she walked out in the ballroom at Sir Tyler on the Terraces.

When Amber came into Atlantic Animal Hospital a few months ago,  she couldn't walk. Dr. Michelle Rohrer and Dr. Laura Parish first thought she was weak from atrophy. As it turns out, she has a skeletal disease. Still, they were able to treat her condition and get her back on her feet.

That's the purpose of the Coastal Animal Rescue Effort or C.A.R.E. The mission is to help homeless animals in need of medical attention. Once they are considered healthy, the dogs, cats, even birds are available for adoption.

Since C.A.R.E. started three years ago, dozens of animals have been treated and adopted out.

The veterinarians would eventually like to open a no-kill shelter. But they say they'll approach that one step at a time, much like the way they treated Amber.

If you would like to learn more about C.A.R.E., and how you can help the cause, click here.

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