A couple of weeks ago, a car pulled into our parking lot with a dog that most certainly would not have survived if she did not make it to us when she did. The people who dropped off her pathetic body said that they found her and could not foster or donate.

But this poor girl had already been discarded and left for dead, emaciated, sick, unable to fend for herself... and now here she was on our doorstep. Our volunteers have never walked away from a dog in need of rescuing, and that day was no different. We took her in and named her Rose, because she needed a beautiful name.

We didn't send this sooner, because we didn't know if she was going to make it. We cared for her in our quarantine area, where each new day was a miracle to find her hanging on, until she was able to gain the five pounds she so desperately needed before surgery.

Rose had an enormous mammary tumor covering most of her underside. It was badly infected, open, oozing, and reeking of rotting flesh. We've never seen - or smelled - anything like it. This festering nightmare urgently needed expert medical attention. There are photos I wanted to include, but I realized most people wouldn't be able to handle them. 

We weren't even sure if there would be enough skin left to close her up after removing the tumor and infection. Once again, we didn't know if she would make it, but Dr. Ferran saved her life on that operating table last week. Biopsies of the tumor are being tested, and Rose is finally in stable condition. 

It took a village (and a few thousand dollars) to save Rose's life, but we believe she is worth it. If you think life is precious, please consider giving today. Rose's story is one of hundreds in which Paws 4 You Rescue is honored to play a role in each year, but we can't do it without you.