Dakota the dog is recovering after surgery

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VILLAGE OF MUKWONAGO — Thanks to a successful shoe drive, a black lab mix is now on the way to recovery after having surgery on Feb. 9. Hoover’s Hause All Dog Rescue conducted a shoe drive in January to raise funds for shoulder surgery for a rescue dog named Dakota.

By the end of January, 7,600 pairs of shoes were donated. Over 300 bags of shoes resulted in a pile 10-feet long and 12 feet wide. The shoes were stored at HHADR volunteer Erin McKeen's home and she was astounded by the number of shoes.

"This was absolutely amazing," McKeen said.

Help from all over

McKeen commented on keeping a positive attitude, despite the risk of not making the deadline. As the end of January neared, it looked like they wouldn't make their goal of 7,500 pairs of shoes.

After more social media postings, HHADR's message reached all the over. McKeen remarked a woman from Chicago donated 100 pairs of shoes.

Just recently a person called from Green Bay offering 100 pairs of shoes. Through texting and calling around, the shoes were able to be delivered to Mukwonago on time.

"I live in East Troy and work in Greenfield. People were messaging me saying they would leave bags of shoes on their porches in St. Francis and other areas," she said.

McKeen was especially thankful for the HHADR volunteers, including foster parents. Volunteers helped with picking up shoes from donors and packing up the truck after the drive.

"The wonderful community of volunteers we have is amazing," she said.

HHADR earned funds based on the total weight of the shoes collected through Funds2Orgs. All donated shoes will be redistributed throughout the Funds2Orgs network of microenterprise partners in developing nations. Funds2Orgs helps impoverished people start, maintain and grow businesses in countries such as Haiti, Honduras and other nations in Central America and Africa.

McKeen explained the money collected from drive should be $3,100 towards Dakota's surgery which was estimated to cost $4,000.

McKeen said due to Facebook campaigns and coverage in the media, cash donations started to came in.

A friend of Dakota's former foster mom offered to do match donations up to $250. Thankfully one person donated $250 making the match program and drive a success.

McKeen is looking forward to having other fundraisers and events but wouldn't confirm another shoe drive.

"I don't think there is a shoe left in Waukesha County," she joked.

Next steps for Dakota

Dakota was rescued from a high-kill shelter in Cleveland, Mississippi and brought to HHADR. McKeen described the dark fur beauty as a calm and loving dog. Dakota was a bit stir crazy since she had to rest prior to the surgery. McKeen said Dakota was eager to play with the cat in her foster home.

"Dakota is recovering nicely," she said.

For more information on the mission of HHADR and upcoming events, visit http://www.hoovershausealldogrescue.com/ or find them on Facebook.

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