Miracles happen when fate intervenes, and luck plays its part. Left lying beside a rural Texas road with multiple hip fractures, severe head trauma and deep lacerations, Sunshine’s “ray of hope” was wavering until she felt the kind of touch and gentle lifting hands of her guardian angel.

A cry for help went out on her behalf. It was soon discovered that this might not be the first time NASPR had been contacted about Sunshine. For two long and tormenting years a family from the same area had been searching for their beloved Shar-Pei, Cypress.

It was a cautious yet hopeful mother and daughter that visited Sunshine at the animal hospital. Their mental checklist matched down to an old scar that Cypress’s medical records could verify. Injuries had taken their toll on her appearance, making it difficult to identify her based on looks alone. However, Sunshine immediately rose on painful and broken hips, crawling into the lap of the girl who had dreamed so long of her return. Smothering her with kisses, no other before had earned such a response.

NASPR’s network of friends donated the funding for the medical care to repair her injuries and provide eye implants to relieve the painful glaucoma/lens trauma that had blinded her. Mother and daughter supplied the love.

Sunshine is now pain free and continuing to heal. A daughter’s dream has come true and a family is once again whole. In their hearts and hers, our Sunshine, their Cypress, has come home.

Pro Plan’s Rally to Rescue’w Website is all about:

Ten finalists are competing for a chance to win $5,000 of pet food* for their rescue group.

A good pet rescue story is more than entertaining. It’s what keeps us going. It’s what gives us hope. And it’s what we’re looking for in our Doing More for Pets Rescue Stories Contest.

Between April 2 and May 16, Rally to RescueTM Ambassadors were invited to submit an essay (250 words or less) and a photo that tells the story of how, within the past two years, they rescued a dog or cat.

From all submissions, our contest judges have chosen 10 finalists. One Grand Prize winner will receive coupons good for up to $5,000 in Purina® Pro Plan® brand Pet Food. The Grand Prize winner or a designated member of the winning organization, along with the winning pet and (if adopted) the pet’s current owner, will also receive a 4-day, 3-night trip from Nov. 20-23, 2008, to Reading, PA, to attend The National Dog Show Presented by Purina®. Each of the remaining nine Finalists will receive a one-year supply of Purina® Pro Plan® brand Pet Food for one pet. Pet owners also receive a 1-year supply of Purina® Pro Plan® brand Pet Food.

The Grand Prize winner will be determined by popular vote here between June 2, 2008, and October 31, 2008. The winner will be announced at the National Dog Show on or about November 22, 2008. The winner will be posted on www.rallytorescue.org on December 1, 2008.