Meet MAIN’s newest rescue, sweet 2 year old Sophia. Sophia was found abandoned, staggering down a molten sidewalk in Phoenix’s infamous summer. Infested with more than 1,000 blood-sucking ticks, she has been denied (presumably since day one) any basic right to health or happiness – and as we gaze upon her emaciated and tick-ridden body, we can’t fathom who or what could allow this to continue day in and day out for however long she’s endured this level of neglect.
As of now, on 9-11, she can no longer stand. She can barely muster the energy needed to pick her head up from the floor. She is, by all rights, a shell of what any dog of her breed and her age should be. Yet, she keeps functioning and she keeps hoping that someone, somewhere will stop to help her.
As Don carries her to his car, her head hanging to the side in exhaustion, he reluctantly walks her past a room filled with dog owners that repeatedly ask “Is she dead?” “Not yet” was his reply over and over again. Not yet Sophia.. Just hold on, because we’re here for you now, and in the two minutes we’ve known you, 100 volunteers already love you and in the morning, 10,000 will feel the same way, as you will come to know the unstoppable and limitless love of the MAIN Family.
He spoke softly to her on the way to the hospital, and from the way that she stared at him, he believes she knew what he was saying. That his kindness that he showed her today would pale in comparison to what she would come to know when the world met her. When they watched her begin to heal. When they saw her run and play for the first time in a long time.. “This” he whispered, “is nothing, sweet girl..”
She is carried thought the door of the hospital, past other dogs waiting to be seen. Straight past all of them, because here – it’s the worst cases that are seen first. The others can wait.. Sophia has waited long enough – and now, she is literally out of time. Kind nurses and doctors usher her through the crowded waiting room and into the back, where tests begin immediately and gentle hands reassure her that she can finally –FINALLY – relax and let them help her.
It’s nothing that she’s ever had the privilege of knowing before, but she knows it all the same – these doctors, nurses, people, souls are all here just for her now. Nothing – NOTHING – is more important than Sophia… She breathes a sigh of relief and she collapses – having given everything that she could possibly give of herself. The rest, now, is up to everyone else – and she closes her eyes.
Tonight, the 100 volunteers that already know of Sophia all pray that we’ve found her in time. When you meet her through these photos and through her video, we know that you’ll join us – and in no time, 10,000 or more will pray for her peace and health. For Sophia, this is all new. The caring compassion and healing energy that fill her kennel and fill her neglected and riddled body is something she’s never known before tonight. For all of us at MAIN, well – we know all of you pretty well already. We expect the unexpected and we anticipate the miracles.
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We are so sorry to report that Sophia has crossed the Rainbow Bridge…run free and happy, beautiful girl.