Lost, and then found: Willa's story | News
CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - How can it be that a blind dog wanders the woods for nearly a decade without being rescued? Believe it or not, volunteers with the Faulkner County Humane Society say it's harder than you think to catch one.
The case is true for Willa, a dog who now has a new place to call home thanks to a kind and persistent heart.
Meet Willa. She's 8, maybe 9-year-old Australian Shepherd-Sheltie mix. ...And she's blind.
"For nearly eight years, Willa called these woods behind me off South German Lane her home. And, daily, she was taken care of by neighbors just down the street," says Willa Everts.
"We didn't know her name, so I always called her girl. 'Here girl. Come here, girl.' I would whistle and she'd come running."
Every day, for eight years, to the hands of 81-year-old Willa Everts. "Evidently the dog was dumped here and it was a stray. And the neighbor lady, Paulette Rice, and I started feeding the dog."
Everts says her age, 81-years-old, kept her from being able to catch Willa, the dog.
"We continued to feed her up until she was rescued." // "I would buy her cheeseburgers, McDonald's cheeseburgers. She loved those. And I'd bring her hot dogs. I'd make her biscuits and gravy," Everts says.
"She was very difficult to catch. Stray dogs that have been out on their own for a long time, they learn to take care of themselves and protect themselves by running, says Shirley Jarman, a volunteer for the Faulkner County Humane Society.
A little timid at first, Willa now hopes to enjoy a life away from the woods. "Just knowing that she's been rescued, that's the main thing and that's she's being taken care of," Jarman says.
During her time in the woods, Willa contracted heartworms. Luckily, the Faulkner County Humane Society covered the expenses for treatment. Since then, a fund has been set up in Willa's name. So far, FCHS has donated $10,000 to the fund. For more information, call FCHS at (501) 679-7900.