MIDLAND, Texas (Nexstar) – The Midland Rape Crisis and Children’s Advocacy Center launched an online fundraiser earlier this week to help bring a puppy home to its owner, a victim of child sex trafficking.
The advocacy group said the victim, who had come to their home for services, arrived with a puppy, but was unable to transport the dog on the flight home because the beloved furry friend n was not vaccinated. The victim had to leave the puppy behind, but the MRCCAC was able to find a foster family to temporarily care for the puppy. Non-profit organization Fix West Texas vaccinated the pup the next day, bringing him one step closer to home.
Then the group called out for help to bring the pup back to its forever home. And the community overwhelmingly supported the group’s efforts. In just 24 hours, the West Texans donated double the amount of funds needed.
“We are grateful for their compassion and dedication in helping us get to this point,” the advocacy center said in a statement.
The MRCCAC said it has seen a dramatic increase in the number of child sex traffickers over the past month and that the extra money from the fundraiser will be used to help raise awareness of human trafficking in the region; incidents like the one that brought the puppy into care at the center.
Now, an MRCCAC staff member personally accompanies the pup on its journey home and into the arms of its owner for some much-needed comfort.
Of the fundraiser, the group said, “We thank everyone who has liked, shared and donated to our cause. As a community, we are capable of so much in the face of enormous odds. We hope this incident will bring increased awareness of traffic in the Permian Basin. Every West Texan needs to know they have the power to stop human trafficking.