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Sophie was Thrown Out into the Freezing Cold

Updated: Jan 29

What kind of person gets a 5 month old puppy for Christmas and throws her out in the freezing cold? What kind of person sees a tiny dog trying to survive on her own in the cold, and then when she comes up to their house looking for help, kicks her down the stairs? Shockingly, that's exactly what happened to sweet little Sophie.

Sophie was given to someone as a Christmas present, then discarded like yesterday's trash. This sweet little 6 pound puppy survived alone in the cold for a few days by eating the cat food the neighbors put out for community cats.Thankfully, the neighbor saw what happened when she tried to go to another house for help and reached out to us to see if we could assist.

Luckily, we had an approved adopter patiently waiting for a little dog. Susan Merrill put a plan together and worked out all the logistics. Deborah took Sophie in as a foster to adopt, and for the first time, she finally got to live in a home treated like a valued member of the family. The poor pup was covered with fleas, so Deborah gave her a flea bath. She then curled up in Deborah's lap and immediately fell asleep. It was as if she knew that she was finally safe.

We quickly got her in to see Dr. Bissell at Sandbridge Veterinary Center, and he gave her a thorough checkup. She may have an upper respiratory infection, and she has a pouch on her lower belly. Dr. Bissell confirmed it is a hernia that will require surgery to be repaired.

We're so thankful this sweet, happy, bouncy puppy is now safe with FUR. We can't change her past, but we will do everything in our power to make sure she's safe, appreciated, and loved. Welcome to FUR sweet girl. Your life just got so much better!


Sick and injured animals like Sophie need help fast. Every donation helps, but Monthly donors give us flexibility to respond immediately when there is an emergency. When there is a hoarding case or a hurricane, a dog with a gunshot wound or a cruelty case, we have to act quickly. We don't have time to do a fundraiser, and wait for those funds to get to us. Your monthly donation can help us save lives again and again.

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