Woman adopts puppy rescued from car engine

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX – The dog that was rescued from a car engine in May is finally ready to go home.

Scarlet, named for the scars she received when she was injured, was up for adoption Wednesday afternoon at the Arizona Humane Society’s Campus for Compassion.

Emergency Animal Medical Technicians™ rescued the 2-month-old Chinese Sharpei mix. She was covered in oil, had a cut on her shoulder and severe burns on both sides of her belly.

It's not clear how Scarlet found herself in such a dangerous predicament. The owner of the car heard strange noises coming from the engine while driving to the store. When they pulled over and popped the hood, they spotted Scarlet and immediately called the AHS.

The EAMTs, who have seen animals in all sorts of situations, were able to free Scarlet relatively quickly.

Surprisingly feisty considering her ordeal, Scarlet was cleaned up and treated at the AHS Second Chance Animal Hospital™. She came through surgery like a champ and was then placed in foster care. Fast forward three months and Scarlet is ready to become part of a family.

Many people wanted to adopt Scarlet so a drawing was held. Virginia Kemp said she prayed she'd get the dog, and she did.

There are many other pets who are waiting for families to choose them.

The Nina Mason Pulliam Campus for Compassion is located at 1521 W. Dobbins Road, Phoenix.

Potential adopters must be at least 18 years old, provide valid photo identification and a verifiable home address. If you rent your home, you must provide a copy of the lease and your landlord’s contact information so AHS staff can verify that pets are allowed on the premises.

The woman who has been fostering Scarlet for the past three months says Scarlet's new family can expect to have a very loving, happy puppy.

"She's very very outgoing," Nikki said. "She gets along great with everybody."

Scarlet is one of the many faces of Project 121, a joint effort by the AHS and 3TV to raise money and awareness of pet overpopulation. It's called Project 121 because AHS take in an average of 121 homeless animal every day -- every day -- at its shelters and that's far too many.

AHS receives no federal or state funding. Initiatives such as Project 121 are critical to the survival of AHS, which relies solely on private donations to care for the 44,000 animals the organization serves annually.

You can get involved by adopting a pet or donating to the Project 121 campaign. To learn more or to make a contribution, visit Project121.org. You also can make a donation at any AJs Fine Food Store, which has named AHS their PIN pad donation partner through Saturday, Aug. 27 to generate donations at the point of purchase for AHS' programs and services.

Tune to 3TV on Aug. 27, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for the Project 121 Pet Telethon, a 121-minute broadcast featuring amazing stories of animals.