HOUSE SPRINGS, Mo. (KSDK) - A welcome home party will be hosted for Dodger, the puppy who was shot in the spine last month.

All of Dodger's supporters and anyone wishing to apply to adopt him is welcome to join the party at Open Door Animal Sanctuary.

Dodger will thank everyone for the support he received as he recovered from surgery to remove a pellet from his spine. The 4-month-old puppy wasfound dragging himself down Highway 30 September 25.

Since the story broke, strangers have stepped up the plate donating a total of $20,000 and many of them offering to eventually adopt the puppy.

Now Dodger is stayingat Washington University's Chancellor Mark Wrighton'shome in Clayton. His wife Risa Zwerling is watching over the dog everyday and taking Dodger to therapy.

"Saw your earlier broadcast and I heard about him and I saw the face," says Zwerling. "I don't know what possessed me, I just picked up the phone, I don't usually do that, actually that's not true I have picked up the phone before."

It's only been a few days since Dodger came to this Clayton home, but already Risa has seen improvements.

"He's gone potty in the same place outdoors so he definitely does have bladder control because they weren't sure if that function would even come back," says Zwerling.

Life for Dodger right now is about celebrating the little things, including the taste of a good stick.

"Be awfully hard not to get attached to him, I can't say I'm trying not to because he's just such a charmer," she says. "Yeah I think I'm getting very attached."

Nature's Variety, a pet food manufacturer, committed to paying Dodger's surgical expenses. He was monitored at Veterinary Specialty Services.

The party will be held Saturday, Nov. 2 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Open Door Animal Sanctuary, 6065 Duda Road, House Springs, Mo. 63051.