PANAMA CITY BEACH - A puppy rescue service owner from Bonifay is looking for some help from animal lovers. She's been diagnosed with early stage breast cancer and is afraid she won't be able to keep up with the animals.
She's looking for some good homes to adopt the pups, or serve as foster families.
Teri Mattson loves what she calls her lucky puppies. Mattson runs a puppy rescue, called Lucky Puppy, out of her Bonifay home.
About three weeks ago, she went in for her annual mammogram and received some bad news. Doctors told Mattson she has Stage 1 breast cancer.
"Everything changes in a minute and we've got a lot of medical issues to look into and decisions to make, places to go, and appointments to keep and things like that have come up all at once," said Teri Mattson.
Mattson's real job is accounting. Between that and Lucky Puppy, she already stays busy. She now has new priorities.
"Now we're talking about appointments and hospitals and surgeries. So I'm really worried about being away from where I need to be," said Mattson.
So she's looking for help. The rescue posted the news of Mattson's condition on Facebook earlier this week, and support has been pouring in.
Family, friends, even strangers have shared the post more than 100 times.
"At first, I said, Teri, there is no Lucky Puppy without Teri. So we need to take care of you first and then we'll work out helping out the rescue. Getting dogs adopted, fostered, or to other rescues," said Vicky Perkins, a volunteer of Lucky Puppy.
That's where you come in. More than 40 dogs need a home.
"We love Teri and we're behind Teri and we'll do anything to help Teri and the Lucky Puppy rescue," said Perkins.
For more information on how to adopt or foster a dog from Lucky Puppy, log onto www.theluckypuppy.org.