The 5-year-old female Lhasa Apso named Suzie was dropped off at an animal shelter around Christmas, near Kingston, Ontario, 160 miles east of Toronto. The small dog was badly neglected and had numerous medical problems, but shelter volunteer Janice Belyea decided to do some online research to avoid seeing it euthanized, the Toronto Sun reported.
Her queries came to the attention of San Francisco pet columnist Christie Keith, who used blogs and the Facebook social site to help Belyea.
Keith told the Sun more than $1,100 was collected within five hours from donors in Canada, the United States, England, Germany and Sweden for the dog's abdominal and paw surgeries.
Keith and Belyea said even though the major veterinary bills are covered, donations and offers continued coming in. Belyea is now working to socialize the dog and help it recover from its bladder stone removal surgery.
"People still keep wanting to send her more toys," Belyea said.