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The generous, dog-loving students in Miss Sharp’s second grade class got a major surprise this week when their favorite pooch, Ryker appeared in their classroom unannounced. The kids donated $450 of their own money in order to fund a much-needed surgery for the rescue pup back in January.

Everyone had a chance to pet Ryker and get a picture with him.

Posted by Helping Hands Humane Society on Friday, February 3, 2017


People Pets caught their adorable reactions on video when the sweet Australian Shepherd Mix stopped by to say thank you to his littlest benefactors.

Original Story:

The children’s book, Sheepdog in the Snow, tells the tale of a wounded dog abandoned in the cold. Trisha Sharp’s second grade class at Shawnee Heights Elementary School in Topeka, Kansas just so happened to be reading the story when they heard about a dog named Ryker with a similar plight.

With a simple kindness only children possess, they scrambled to come up with a way to help Ryker.

Tune in in just a few minutes for a live video with Ryker at the shelter!

Posted by Helping Hands Humane Society on Wednesday, January 25, 2017


The beautiful 6-month-old Australian Shepherd Mix was recently taken in by Helping Hands Humane Society. At the time Mrs. Sharp’s second graders heard his story, Ryker was awaiting expensive amputation surgery for a badly broken leg – likely due to having been hit by a car.

The class created a flyer to take home and fund-raise for the injured pooch. The very next day the children returned to class with more than $450 they had collected to donate towards Ryker’s surgery and after-care. In an interview with KSNT News, Mrs. Sharp said she could not be prouder of her students.

“Tears and goosebumps, a lot of goosebumps, these kids are amazing, a lot of them emptied out there piggy banks at home and just brought us all this money so it’s amazing,”

Ryker on his first night in his foster home last night!

Don’t know who Ryker is? Watch his original video here:…

Posted by Helping Hands Humane Society on Wednesday, January 25, 2017


Ryker’s surgery went off without a hitch this past Friday and he is currently recovering in a loving foster home. The students from Shawnee Heights Elementary also created handmade get well cards to deliver to the dog along with their donations.

Follow Helping Hands Humane Society on Facebook for updates on Ryker and to find out when this sweet boy will be ready for adoption!

Featured Images via KSNT News

Written by Dina Fantegrossi

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