06/13/2011 AT 6:00 PM ET
It was a welcome sight for a family who had lost their home in the April 27th tornado that struck North Smithfield, Ala. Three weeks later, on May 17, they found their 2-year-old terrier mix Mason, who had been sucked out of the family’s garage and blown away, sitting on the front porch.
“It was just really sad, but really moving too, that this dog had made his way home on two broken legs,” said Phil Doster, the adoption rescue coordinator for Birmingham-Jefferson County Animal Control, where Mason was brought to receive medical care. “[His family] did not want to surrender him, but they were doing what they thought was the best thing for Mason.”
Realizing that Mason needed to be treated for severe injuries, Doster turned him over to Dr. William D. Lamb, a local veterinarian and owner of the Vulcan Park Animal Care facility in Birmingham. Once there, Dr. Lamb began strengthening Mason, who had lost half his body weight and dropped down to 14 lbs. during the ordeal, and proceeded to operate on May 20.