October 12, 2016 01:04 PM

A pup who lost a foot in Hurricane Matthew gained guardian angels when he crossed paths with the Eads family.

Isaac Eads of Union County, North Carolina, and his mother were traveling on a destroyed road in their car on Saturday, TWC News reports, when they came across an injured dog that clearly needed help.

“He was limping really bad a first,” Isaac Eads said. “Then once we looked, his leg was really impaled and half his bottom paw is missing.”

Eads told the station that they took the pooch home where a vet later determined the dog’s foot is completely severed, his leg is fractured in several places, and he has a deep wound on his thigh (the canine was not microchipped). He will require several expensive surgeries to repair the damage, according to a GoFundMe page set up for the dog.

Within hours, the Eads family’s good deed would inspire others to help the pup, who they’re calling Matthew. An update on the fundraising page says Carolina’s Veterinary Medical Hospital volunteered to perform Matthew’s surgery free of charge.

“I feel so blessed and am humbled by their generosity,” says the update. “I would actually love for this campaign to remain open. There are more [pups] than this in dire need. Literally thousands of animals suffering from the hurricane’s force.”

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