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Maisy, abused dog in SC inspires rescuers with her indomitable spirit

Maisy, rescued as a stray
Noah's Ark Rescue

For those of us that work with animal rescues or volunteer at animal shelters we have learned that dogs are creatures who will easily forget a cruelty but never forget a kindness. We witness everyday the resiliency of spirit in these great creatures that can rise above the horrors of abuse and neglect and still love and trust the human race.

Noah's Arks Rescue in Okatie, SC knows this to be true by their constant work with abused animals. Noah's Ark Rescue is a 501c3 not for profit organization that supplies emergency medical, surgical and rehabilitation to abused animals. They are not a shelter. Their wish and lifelong hope is that our society becomes educated in the ethical treatment of all animals and to stop the senseless killing of animals that have been tortured and abused.

Noah's Arks Rescue is all about giving an abused animal a second chance at life and to experience what true love is. They take animals that have been tortured, abused and neglected and supply the emergency medical care that is required to get them well. They then supply rehab physically and mentally to prepare them for their new home and new life.

One of Noah's Ark Rescue most recent additions is Maisy. She is 10 year old German Shepherd that was picked up as a stray and extremely emaciated. She was literally walking bones. To make matters worse, Maisy had a massive 5-6 pound mammary gland tumor that had to be removed. It is very obvious she had been starved from lack of food. What food she did get seemed to be feeding her tumor. When Maisy was picked up and brought to the Humane Society of Marlboro County, SC all she cared about was carrying a tennis ball around in her mouth to everyone so they would play with her. According to shelter workers Maisy is one of the most amazing dogs. She does not have one mean bone in her body. She is loving and sweet and has the most heartfelt eyes. As starved as she is, her spirit is bigger than life. There is so much hope and love in every action that she takes. She has not given up on mankind and still believes in the goodness of people .

As of March 25th, 2014 Maisy has had her tumor removed and is slowly regaining her weight back. The tumor was sent off for a biopsy and the results are Carcinoma. She is being treated by an Oncologist in Charleston because of the size of the tumor. Maisy's bloodwork is still not as good as it should be but it is improving. She is already showing signs of late stage heartworm disease which will also have to be addressed once she is well enough. A specialist will be determining what will be the safest protocol and give her the best possible outcome.

However, despite all of the neglect she has suffered and the recent hurdles she has had to overcome Maisy is still running around with a smile on her face, a tennis ball in her mouth and a twinkle in her eye. She is by far one of the happiest dogs Noah's Ark Rescue has ever had. She knows she was saved and is enjoying every minute of her good fortune. Staff at the rescue are hoping she will be ready to go to a new home in about a month. Her heartworm and tumor protocol will determine when she can leave.

God bless you dear Maisy, you have shown us through your own suffering that no matter happens to us we will be okay, we all have the ability to survive and to love one another. Wishing you a quick and pleasant journey towards recover and your new home and life.

If you would like to contribute to Maisy's continued medical care please send donations to:

To recieve updates on Maisy and the other abused dogs saved by Noah's Ark Rescue please visit their website at:

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."
- Gandhi

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