Do you remember the story of Fiona, the little dog who was found blind, filthy and covered in fleas in a trash heap in Los Angeles?
The ASPCA has named Fiona "Dog of the Year."
Fiona, an 11-year-old Poodle mix, was sick, covered in dirt, matted, infested with fleas and blind in both eyes.
Audrey and Eldad Hagar, founders of Los Angeles-based animal rescue group Hope for Paws, came to Fiona’s aid. With the help of hundreds of donors all over the world, they raised the funds for Fiona’s surgery and Michele and Chris Gentry of Los Angeles adopted the little dog.
Fiona’s miraculous story of survival has since gotten more than 5.5 million views online, and the ASPCA says her story is a testament to what can be accomplished when homeless animals get a second chance.
ASPCA's Cat of the Year is Scooter, who was just a kitten when he was found by a dog as he lay helpless on the street with no use of his back legs. He was rushed to Harts Run Veterinary Hospital in Fox Chapel, Pa.
Visitors to the hospital instantly fell in love with the fluffy black and white kitten, and donated funds to buy him a custom-made wheeled mobility device.
Scooter now visits a nursing home and rehabilitation hospital every week and provides comfort to the elderly and to patients who lack mobility due to injuries and strokes.
Fiona, Scooter and their adoptive parents will attend an awards luncheon in New York on Nov. 8.