A stray dog, later named Annie, was a little under 3 years old when she was found in the backyard of one kind family. The owners of the house had no idea of how long the poor thing had been there, but they only understood that the dog needed urgent medical assistance.

The family didn't hesitate to call for help. Donna Lochmann, chief animal rescue specialist at Stray Rescue of St. Louis, said Annie was malnourished, exhausted, and had more fleas than the experienced rescuer had even seen in her life.

First of all, Annie was washed. Source: Stray Rescue of St. Louis

After Annie was thoroughly bathed, Lochmann realized that the pooch could not stand up on her own. The pet wasn't eating well and could live only on liquid food, but wasn't getting stronger. Rescuers decided to take Annie to the emergency center for a blood transfusion.

The rescuers kept asking about Annie's condition and couldn't wait for her to return. Soon Annie returned indeed.

It took her a long time to recover. Source: Stray Rescue of St. Louis

The dog had to spend most of her time in an oxygen chamber to strengthen her lungs, that were severely damaged by the anemia. Sometimes the volunteers would take the pet outside to sunbathe and get some vitamin D.

"We wanted her to get some fresh air. And she really liked to spend time that way," Lochmann says.

Soon Annie was handed over to the rescuers, who continued nursing the dog. Source: Stray Rescue of St. Louis

Gradually, Annie grew stronger and stronger. When her lungs became healthy enough to breathe without the help of an oxygen chamber, she was returned from the vet hospital to the shelter where she was able to meet other animals.

Annie gives her rescuer a hug. Source: Stray Rescue of St. Louis

"That's when she finally started acting like a dog. She started making friends and playing with other dogs," Donna Lochmann noted.

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