At times, all it takes is one person to make a difference in your life. The impact a single act of kindness can have is unmeasurable. For Hercules, a 9-month old Bulldog mix, this good deed saved his life. Hercules was neglected by his owners and living outside in filth. He was suffering from a limp, had hair loss due to mange, and was in need of vaccines. One day, a good Samaritan decided to step in and take matters into his own hands by offering to temporarily take care of Hercules and get him the help he needed.

On December 24, 2014 Hercules was taken to New Beginnings for Animals, an animal rescue group dedicated to saving sheltered dogs and cats in California. After examinations and x-rays were performed, the veterinarians concluded that Hercules was suffering from dysplasia in both elbows, with the condition being much more severe in the left elbow. Lorie of New Beginnings for Animals explained, “Surgery is needed to correct it, relieve the discomfort and stop its progression.” She added, “Surgery would be required on both his elbows in order for him to live a normal, active and pain free life.”

The Ian Somerhalder Foundation (ISF) paid for Hercules’ first surgery through a Medical Emergency Grant. The corrective surgery on his left elbow took place on January 12, 2015, with the second surgery following in the weeks later. After each elbow surgery, Hercules continued to impress his caretakers as he was showing great signs of improvement and recovering quickly. He was healing perfectly and you could not even tell he had surgery in the first place. Lorie wrote to ISF saying, “While he was in the middle of the first surgery, Hercules’ leg was actually beginning to straighten before he was even sutured him up!”

This sweet and loving bulldog pup was quickly winning over the hearts of all those watching over him, while demonstrating the fighter in him. Hercules proved resilient in his difficult situation as he recovered flawlessly from both surgeries. No medication or further procedures would be needed. The only recommendation for him was to be given glucosamine daily to keep his joints healthy and strong! Hercules was now ready to find his forever home and for this happy-go-lucky, goofy, loving pup his new home was right around the corner! In May his foster mom, Elysia, decided to make the arrangement permanent by adopting Hercules. Not only is he enjoying his new, active and pain free life, Hercules has a new name. Frank! Lorie wrote to ISF saying, “Thank you again for your generous medical grant that made this possible and “Frank” sends you one of his big, sloppy bulldog kisses!”      

* While Hercules was still in the care of New Beginnings, a member of ISF's Grant Team was able to meet him and get to know the wonderful ladies with New Beginning Rescue. 

Written by Francesa Pollio

Edited by Bob Stone