A badly hurt dog who returned home weeks after a tornado left the family’s house in ruins has amazed animal rescuers.

Mason, a 1-year-old Terrier, was sucked out of his pet parents’ garage by a powerful storm on April 27 near Birmingham, Ala. Initial searches turned up nothing, and his pet parents feared the worst. But when the family returned to sift through more rubble nearly three weeks after the twister, they spotted their beloved Terrier sitting on the front porch.

Though Mason’s tail was wagging, he was not in good shape.

“He was emaciated and his two front legs were literally flopping below the elbows,” said Phil Doster, adoption and rescue coordinator at Birmingham-Jefferson County Animal Control. “Mason literally had to crawl on his elbows to get back. The little guy had no indication of pain, remarkably. He was just happy to be home.”

Veterinarians at Vulcan Park Animal Care in Birmingham agreed to treat Mason for free, and he is recovering well, according to The (Toronto) Star.

“He’s got two metal plates and several pins in his legs, but he’s doing great,” Veterinary Technician Chuck Eagar told The Star. “He’s eating and drinking well. He’s got a lot of heart and a great personality.”

For the dog’s pet parents, Mason’s journey is a very personal triumph. The surgeon who operated on Mason told ABC News Mason’s pet dad is overwhelmed by the scrappy dog’s survival.

“He broke down in tears when he found out” Mason would be OK, Dr. Bill Lamb said.

Learn how you can help the ASPCA rescue pets affected by this spring’s storms.

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Help Animal Flood Victims

In the wake of historic flooding and storms that have devastated the Southeast, the ASPCA® is asking for help to continue its efforts to save displaced animals. Our friends at the ASPCA have established a special fundraising campaign to support this lifesaving work that spans nine states.

Tim Rickey, senior director of field investigations and response for the ASPCA, said the flooding and tornadoes that have ravaged the Southeast are the worst he’s ever seen. Tens of thousands of animals have been affected along with residents, Mr. Rickey said.

“We see entire communities flooded. Animals are stranded on dog houses, in trees and other small patches of dry space,” Mr. Rickey said. “For many of these victims, rescue is their only hope for survival.”

ASPCA President and CEO Ed Sayres said the ASPCA has focused its work in Pemiscot County, Mo., and Shelby County, Tenn., at the request of local authorities and animal welfare groups. The ASPCA has assisted other communities with sheltering needs, transporting displaced animals to temporary shelters, conducting field assessments and offering supplies such as pet food to residents. Staff and ASPCA volunteers had helped nearly 6,600 animals as of May 23. Through one Memphis, Tenn., warehouse, workers assisted more than 3,000 animals and provided supplies to 12 communities in six states.

The ASPCA has established a dedicated contribution area to help support this effort.

The ASPCA also is carrying out plans to move animals who were in shelters before the storms to make room for others displaced by the disaster. So far, 46 dogs from shelters in eastern Arkansas and 70 dogs from Georgia and South Carolina have moved to shelters in New York and New Jersey.

“The ASPCA’s Animal Relocation Initiative moves animals from areas of oversupply to areas where there are few, if any, similar pets available in shelters for adoption,” Mr. Sayres said. “In this case, moving shelter animals out of the weather-affected areas increases local organizations’ abilities to rescue or shelter animals until they are reunited with their families.”

Mr. Sayres says the ASPCA is committed to continuing to help the communities in need.

“Our responders’ tireless work, expert care and unyielding commitment to the protection of animals are playing an integral role in the relief efforts in the Southeast,” Mr. Sayres said. “Disasters of this scale can cause widespread, unpredictable devastation, but our staff has stepped forward and seized the opportunity to help these communities both prepare for and respond to the needs of the thousands of animals affected. We will continue to do everything we can to help these communities as long as we’re needed.”

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