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How I Became a Pet Rescuer

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How I Became a Pet Rescuer

Twenty five years ago an angel woman stopped to pick up my sister’s dog on the side of the freeway. Laiya was not moving and appeared to be dead, but the woman got out, wrapped the dog in blankets, lifted her into her car and drove her to the nearest animal shelter, then waited to see if she would be OK.  Laiya was a medium-sized Shepard-Coyote mix so it must have been no small feat to get her into the car. After about a half hour Laiya woke up. She had been hit by a car but was only stunned. My sister who had left her in a locked back yard of a friend for only a few hours, had been frantically searching for her. Laiya must have known the direction she had gone and was on the freeway headed toward my sister.

Later that evening the animal shelter called and said that her dog had been brought to them by a woman who found her by the side of the freeway. They said she had stayed with her until she knew she was going to be OK. Laiya was one of those human-like dogs whom none of us will ever forget. She and my sister were joined at the hip. I don’t think my sister could have survived if Laiya had been killed. She was beside herself with guilt and anguish.

My sister was able to find the good Samaritan to thank her. When asked why she stopped in the night on a dangerous freeway to pick up a strange dog who appeared to be dead, she simply replied, “I would hope someone would do this for me. I am an animal lover and my pets are everything to me.” My sister sent her flowers and a card every year on that memorable anniversary. The miraculous story became part of our family lore and was shared over and over. She was known to us as Laiya’s Angel.

I remember thinking at the time what an extraordinary person she was. I felt a deep shame because I knew I probably wouldn’t have stopped under those circumstances. That was then, but life sent me a painful lesson, and I made the transformation from someone who loved animals but didn’t take action (unless it was convenient), to someone who goes out of their way to help a pet in need.

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Erica Sofrina

Erica Sofrina is an Internationally recognized Speaker and Teacher and Author of the book Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World. She is also a life coach and motivational speaker and is the founder of the West Coast Academy of Feng Shui. She has run a successful business as a Professional Organizer, Interior Designer and Certified Feng Shui Consultant for over a decade and resides on the charming coastal town of Half Moon Bay in Northern California. Find out more at


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1:58AM PST on Feb 2, 2015

Lovely story Erica and I can relate. On my way to work I saw a baby bird who had fallen out of the nest and was being attacked by a large crow. Many people walked by and did nothing. I knew if I didn't intervene he would die a horrible painful death. I was thinking I'm already late for work, I can't look after a baby bird because I work fulltime and have dogs and cats, I caught the train today so how on earth can I get it to the vet, etc, etc. But I decided to just do it. I took the bird on the train! I phoned to say I wouldn't be at work that day and why, and used my own holiday leave to have the day off. Consequently I was in deep trouble with management. After some hassle, I managed to find a wonderful, loving home for the bird. I left that job and scarcely give it a second thought, but I will remember the wonderful feeling of saving that bird until my dying day.

9:50AM PDT on Aug 12, 2013

Thanks for sharing

Jesus is God :D

11:26AM PDT on Aug 11, 2013

Touching story Erica, thank you for sharing.

6:22AM PDT on Aug 11, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

6:06AM PDT on Aug 11, 2013

Thank you Erica, for Sharing this!

4:55AM PDT on Aug 11, 2013

I have 2 rescued dogs now, a third died last year at the age of 15.

Rescues are a handful and the first month in particular is a nightmare. But, when you say, 'I love you', to your rescue and they look at you with their big eyes and then lick your face, it certainly makes you forget the problems.

Thanks for the lovely article.

3:22PM PDT on Aug 8, 2013

Tribute To Animal Rescuers

7:50AM PDT on Aug 8, 2013

Simply beautiful!

7:20PM PDT on Aug 2, 2013


10:28PM PDT on Jul 26, 2013

more animal rescue stories please.....

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