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Brave Jovie’s story will tug at your heartstrings: from cancer struggle to therapy dog

Cancer survivor dog finds greater purpose as therapy dog: Jovie’s heroic story!

Today’s rescue story introduces you to Jovie, an 8-year-old dog who battled cancer and won.  She nearly lost her leg to cancer, but thanks to the veterinary specialists at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, she’s now healthy and happy in her new home.

Jovie’s adopter, Nina Noble, describes her as a calm, gentle, and sweet dog who seems to know exactly what those around her need most. Within just a few days of going home, Jovie’s gift for a very special, important kind of job became apparent – one where she could really help people.

Specialists save Jovie

Jovie is a dog who was brought to the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, along with other dogs from the Navajo Nation, to receive medical attention for a soft tissue sarcoma growing from the side of her knee.

The veterinarians at the sanctuary were worried that the cancer might have spread beyond the tumor, which would have necessitated the amputation of her leg.

Fortunately, Jovie’s timing was perfect, as veterinary specialists, were visiting the sanctuary and decided to handle Jovie’s surgery. They were able to successfully removed the mass with their practiced expertise.

As a result, Jovie was able to leave the clinic with a renewed sense of energy and vitality.

The Best Friends Animal Sanctuary is a rescue center in Utah that provides shelter, care, and rehabilitation for homeless animals, including dogs like Jovie. The sanctuary also has a medical center, where animals receive top-notch veterinary care from experienced professionals.

Thanks to the skilled care that Jovie received, she was able to regain her health and return to a happy, active life.


A Comforting Canine

Nina, who was at the sanctuary to volunteer, fell in love with Jovie during a sleepover and ended up adopting her. Jovie was curious about Nina’s two cats, and after proving to handle new situations well, a big move to Baltimore was a fun adventure for her.

The playful pup settled into her new home and leaf-loving life.  Her natural gift for comforting and consoling people was discovered and the lovable and friendly dog found her calling as a therapy dog.

Despite never having formal training, Jovie’s patient and engaged personality has made her a successful student. Her calm and gentle demeanor makes her the perfect companion for anyone in need of some extra love.

Jovie’s story is a testament to the resilience of animals and the transformative power of love and care. From facing a life-threatening illness to finding a new home and a meaningful job, Jovie has come a long way.

Rescue and Adopt

Jovie’s story is a heartwarming reminder of the power of rescue and adoption. Adopting a pet from a shelter not only saves an animal’s life, but it also provides a loving companion who can bring immense joy and purpose to one’s life.

Her journey also highlights the importance of animal rescue and adoption, and the joy and companionship that pets can bring to our lives. By becoming a therapy dog, Jovie is now giving back and helping others who may be going through difficult times.

She is a true inspiration and a reminder that every animal deserves a chance to thrive and make a difference.

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Agnes Miller
Written by, Agnes Miller
Agnes is a major cat lover with six cats of her own. For several years she has been uncovering interesting news snippets on the animal kingdom and blogging about them. She has an English degree and has been using her skills to write and research on animals of all shapes and sizes. Agnes is passionate about animal welfare and loves to share her knowledge with others. Agnes is also an active member of her local animal rescue group and volunteers her time to help out.