Photo Gallery | Coordinated Community Efforts Leads To Dog's Rescue

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A woman named Courtney kept seeing the same Golden Retriever dog wandering around different areas of the Southside.

She figured the dog had to be a stray and wanted to help rescue it, so she put up an ad on Craigslist, contacted several businesses where she saw the dog, and also got in touch with G.R.E.A.T. (Golden Retriever Emergency Assistance Team).

Starting in February, all of these partners worked together to rescue the dog, who appeared to have health issues. In mid-April, the dog was rescued and taken to Greenbriar Animal Hospital, which is a hospital that works with G.R.E.A.T. Upon examination, the vet found that the golden retriever had a broken jaw and a severe respiratory infection.

The dog, which has been named "Courtney" after the woman who started the efforts to rescue her, is recovering with her foster family, The Bouchers. She will be treated for her broken jaw over the next few weeks and once she is cleared medically, she will be available for adoption.

G.R.E.A.T. encourages people to be caring and attentive to animals on the streets, as they may only be temporarily un-homed. However, the organization also says that people should also proceed with caution when approaching an unknown dog, and approach the dog in such a way that keeps the dog and others around him or her safe.

To learn more about Courtney's story, or to donate funds toward her medical care, visit G.R.E.A.T.'s website and click on the "Support" section, or call (904) 501-6899.

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