A month after being placed in a foster home, Duffy, the cancer-stricken shelter dog who made waves online during a campaign to find him a home, has inspired good will again.
On Friday, Town of Hempstead officials visited the Levittown home of the 8-year-old American bulldog and his foster mother, Sharon Faucett, with a check for $8,000 — the entire projected cost of Duffy’s cancer treatment.
“I’m very touched and moved by the outpouring of support for my Duffy,” Faucett, 52, said with tears in her eyes.
The money came from the Tails of Hope Fund, a nonprofit that helps fund surgeries for shelter animals, said town Supervisor Anthony Santino. The check was made out to Dr. Joseph Impellizeri, who works out of New York Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center in Farmingdale and will be administering Duffy’s care.
Duffy was surrendered to the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter in October 2015 and diagnosed with cancerous tumors in March. Volunteers created a Facebook page dedicated to finding Duffy a home, and it was shared hundreds of times.
But Faucett didn’t use Facebook, she said. She heard Duffy’s story when a woman she knew at the shelter reached out.
“He needed somebody and I needed somebody as well,” Faucett said. “He’s such a great dog, such a blessing.”
To raise money for Duffy’s care, volunteer Julie Ferrigno launched a GoFundMe page on behalf of the shelter and raised more than $4,200 in 26 days.
That money will be used in the event Duffy needs more than the two to four electrochemotherapy treatments his vet has predicted. If he does not need further treatment, the money will be added to the Tails of Hope Fund, Santino said.
Faucett said she hopes other dogs in need will get the second change Duffy has.
“Duffy is a celebrity in his own right, but there’s so many other dogs that aren’t and are waiting for the same kind of treatment,” she said. “I want people to know that everybody can do their part.”