Rescue workers and relief volunteers are still sifting through damage in parts of Alabama, Illinois and Missouri, trying to find missing loved ones and pets.
Amidst all this destruction and despair, it’s often hard to find a bright side, but a story recently featured in TIME magazine is almost guaranteed to get your tail wagging.
TIME reports that three weeks after a series of tornadoes blew through Alabama, leveling everything in their path, a family in North Smithfield returned to their damaged home to sift through debris. Miraculously, they found their missing dog Mason waiting for them on the porch.
With both of his front legs broken and his fur matted and dirty, Mason had obviously been through a terrible ordeal. According to MyFox Alabama, the terrier mix was hiding in his garage when the storm picked him up and blew him away. For weeks, his family searched but found no sign of their scrappy pup.
“This is probably the most dramatic we’ve seen as far as an injury in an animal that’s survived this long,” Phil Doster of the Birmingham-Jefferson County Animal Control Shelter told MyFox Alabama. “For an animal just to show up on someone’s porch after this time was pretty remarkable, especially with the condition he’s in.
Image: Tornado damage in Smithfield, Alabama
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