In less than 48 hours, more than $4000 was raised for a guide dog in need.
Iris, the seeing-eye companion of Launceston’s Jodie Jamieson, tore her cruciate ligament in her back-left-leg.
She will be out of action for more than two months.
Just 24 hours after the fundraising page was launched, $2000 had been raised.
Then, on Monday afternoon, $1635 was donated by a stranger to the family.
Launceston man, Steve Earl, donated the remainder of the funds.
“All I did was read the article in the paper. But I just thought it was a good story and we should make sure the dog really is looked after,” he said.
“I just clicked the link, saw there was $1600 to go and donated. It’s nice to do something nice for someone.”
Mr Earl said he was just happy that Iris was going to be looked after.
“It’s a sad situation. I’m just happy that I could help someone out in some way just to make sure they were looked after,” he said.
Mrs Jamieson wished to thank the community for their support.
“I’m overwhelmed by the generosity of the public,” she said. “In just two days we were able to reach our target, it’s amazing how many kind people are in the community.
“I just want to say a big thank you to each and every person who made a donation.
Mrs Jamieson said Iris’ role in her life could not be underestimated.
In just two days we were able to reach our target, it’s amazing how many kind people are in the community.Jodie Jamieson
“Without Iris I would be lost, with Iris I can go back to my normal life,” she said.
The funds were raised by just 44 donations, with the average person donating nearly $100.
Guide Dogs Tasmania’s media and marketing coordinator Zoe Polacik said Iris could not get better without the combined help of the community.
Iris has been Mrs Jamieson’s companion for more than four years.
She will have surgery this week in Hobart, before undergoing two months of rehabilitation.
Mrs Jamieson is undergoing cane training in preparation for Iris’ absence.
“I’m just so used to Iris so I don’t feel as confident. I just don’t feel as safe going out by myself with the cane,” she said. “I have 100 per cent trust in Iris and she knows my routines and my places.”