Remember "Miracle Molly," the pit bull who survived being struck by an Amtrak train in January and was then adopted by the police officer who rescued her?
As if that wasn't enough of a happy ending, the dog's story has put BARCS, the shelter that nursed her back to health, in the running for thousands of dollars in grant money.
Molly and Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter as one of 54 finalists in Petco Foundation's Holiday Wishes campaign. Each organization, chosen from over 5,000 entries, will receive a grant between $5,000 and 100,000 from the foundation.
Molly's story went viral this year when she made a remarkable recovery after being struck by an Amtrak train. Amtrak Police Officer Kevin McMullen climbed down to the tunnel to help the injured stray, whose left hind leg had been cut off.
After surgery and a few weeks of recovery at BARCS, McMullen and his girlfriend, Claire Giambi, came back to adopt Molly and take her to their Rosedale home.
Giambi submitted Molly's story to the Petco Foundation campaign.
"BARCS let Kevin visit Molly while she was recovering. After one of his visits, I asked how she was doing. As he spoke, his eyes filled with tears, which is something I had never seen him do in our six years of dating," she wrote in her submission.
"I knew from that moment on we had to adopt Molly. If she could have that kind of impact on one human being, who knows what else she could do."
In addition to the grant BARCS will recieve as a finalist — which will be announced in December — the organization is up for a People's Choice award. The four stories that get the most votes will win an extra $5,000-$25,000. You can cast your vote here through Dec. 31.
Baltimore Sun reporter Mary Carole McCauley contributed to this article.