On January 8th, 2009 at 3;50pm, Samantha received a phone call from a fellow rescuer about a husky mix girl that was going to be gassed in 10 minutes!! She was in a horrible shelter in NC that euthanizes via gas chamber. The gas chamber is centrally located in the shelter where all the other dogs can see and hear and smell what is happening to the dogs in the chamber while they are dying. This horrible procedure can take up to 45 minutes for the dog to die and the entire time, each dog is suffering. I won't go into detail, but it is NOT pretty.
Samantha, knowing she was this girl's last chance and that if she said no, that would mean her life would come to a horrific end, of course, could not let that happen. She told the fellow rescuer that she would take her even though she had no place to put her. She would figure it out and could not let this girl's life end in such a brutal way. When the other rescuer contacted the shelter to let them know she had rescue, they literally had to run down the hall to stop them from loading her into the chamber. Her life was spared by seconds!!!
Samantha got in touch with Jen of Animal League of Gaston Countyand Jen was able to help her find a foster for this beautiful girl until transport could be arranged. Thanks Lisa & Jen!!!
Lisa had come up with the beautiful name Sophia while she was fostering her and we thought that was just such a perfect name that we kept it.
The shelter had estimated Sophia's age to be around 7. Once she arrived to NJ, we knew that wasn't accurate. We think she was maybe 11 or 12. But that didn't matter. No dog should die the horrible death of the gas chamber, no matter what their age.
We found foster for her with a vet tech friend of ours thinking that would be the best place for her. It turned out that Sophia had two huge lumps on her which we were aware of when we pulled her but she was in pain. She also had NO appetite whatsoever. She was heartworm positive. She would have many accidents in the house and just could not get settled.
Samantha decided that she would try fostering her as she had a fenced in backyard with a doggie door so she could always have access to the outside. She did OK but you could tell that she just was not comfortable. She had accidents in the house everyday. She had to be force fed everyday and would always pace around the house. Thinking that maybe her 4 others dogs were too much for her and making her nervous, we found yet another, more quiet, foster home for her.
This foster would put chamomile in her water, found special treats she really liked, but still, you could tell she was not comfortable. Having accidents every day, yelping anytime you touched her side, she just was not a happy dog. We took her to 3 different vets to get their opinion and each one said the same thing. We were not being fair to her and it was time for her to be put to rest. That was also the opinion of both of her fosters and anyone else who met her.
So on February 9th, 2009, we helped Sophia cross the Rainbow Bridge. At least she lived the last month of her life spoiled rotten and didn't have to suffer dying in a gas chamber.
What a sweet, sweet girl you were. I wish you could have been around alot longer than you were, but know you are happy and free now. We will meet again!
Sophia - we will miss you and love you forever!
MAY I GO by Susan A. Jackson May I go now? I've lived my life and done my best, I didn't want to go at first, I want to go. I really do. To give you time to care for me I'll not be far, I promise that, Thank you so for loving me. So hold me now just one more time
Do you think the time is right?
May I say goodbye to pain filled days
and endless lonely nights?
an example tried to be.
So can I take that step beyond
and set my spirit free?
I fought with all my might.
But something seems to draw me now
to a warm and loving light.
It's difficult to stay.
But I will try as best I can
to live just one more day.
and share your love and fears.
I know you're sad and afraid,
because I see your tears.
and hope you'll always know
that my spirit will be close to you
wherever you may go.
You know I love you, too.
That's why it's hard to say goodbye
and end this life with you.
and let me hear you say,
because you care so much for me,
you'll let me go today.
by Susan A. Jackson
May I go now?
I've lived my life and done my best,
I didn't want to go at first,
I want to go. I really do.
To give you time to care for me
I'll not be far, I promise that,
Thank you so for loving me.
So hold me now just one more time