by Rhonda Massad
“I walked away from this experience knowing I live in a community that can accomplish absolutely anything,” Toby Herscovtich of Drop In Companions.
In a display of community spirit, people have rallied in numbers to help one of their fellow citizens find her lost dog, Kali. The dog escaped from her Dollard Des Ormeaux home through a piece of broken fence after a wind storm knocked it down more than two weeks ago.
Herscovitch reached out to the community via facebook and what happened next was truly a display of compassion. Family, friends joined complete strangers in the search that lasted 14 days and nights.
People grew familiar with the story through social media and alerted Herscovitch whenever they spotted the dog. People rallied, walked streets, offered support and prayed for Kali’s safe return.
“Someone called me today and told me they spotted her close to the dog park near Angell Woods in Beaconsfield,” Herscovitch said to West Island Blog while she multi-tasked ordering a pizza for her hungry crew early Monday evening. “The two ladies waited for me to arrive all the while keeping an eye on Kali.”
In the end, Herscovitch herded Kali into a backyard and managed to coax the dog with a piece of chicken. The dog took several minutes to warm up to her mom but she did.
“We took her straight to the vet for a check up,” she continued, “she is well but has hurt her leg. The good news is I got to bring my dog home to my kids tonight.”
“I have never experienced such a strong and determined community. Strangers came out to help me throughout the journey. One thing that I walked away with is that we as a community can do absolutely anything. I made a lot of good friends along the way that I hope will be in my life for a long time.”