Starfish was found on an Alameda beach in a Heineken's box. She was 10 weeks old and couldn’t stand or walk. An emergency vet said she suffered from birth defects and advised euthanasia, but Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter wasn't ready to give up on the adorable German shepherd puppy. A second opinion revealed Starfish had swimmer's syndome, a completely curable condition.
Since then, the world has embraced Starfish through stories in The Dodo, Bored Panda, The Metro and other animal sites. Her story, made into several videos, including the original FAAS video, has received a cumulative 50 million views.
See the latest coverage and visit the Starfish GoFundMe page that FAAS started for Starfish's adoptive family to help pay for her rehabilitation. Your donation is 100% tax deductible. Thank you, and keep checking back for updates!