Dog healer gets Pay It Forward boost to help injured animals

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Anna Carter contacted CBS 5 News to Pay It Forward to Mary Ann Everett, who runs a special dog rescue out of her home. (Source: CBS 5 News) Anna Carter contacted CBS 5 News to Pay It Forward to Mary Ann Everett, who runs a special dog rescue out of her home. (Source: CBS 5 News)
Carter says she owes her dog's life to Everett. (Source: CBS 5 News) Carter says she owes her dog's life to Everett. (Source: CBS 5 News)
"They deserve a chance just like the healthy ones," Everett said of the sick and injured dogs in her care. (Source: CBS 5 News) "They deserve a chance just like the healthy ones," Everett said of the sick and injured dogs in her care. (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Sometimes it is the dogs that are injured or sick that have the hardest time getting adopted.

Travis was one of those dogs. He would likely be dead if it were not for some very caring people.

"I can't believe after everything he has been through he is so sweet," said Anna Carter, Travis’s new owner.

Carter found Travis near Interstate 17 after a big monsoon rain hit. He was scared, injured and in need of desperate help.

"His hipbones would almost pop out of his sockets because there was no muscle to keep them in place," she said.

Carter did what she could to help Travis, but the real miracle worker is a woman who runs Surrendered Souls Rescue.

It's a small non-profit dog rescue Mary Ann Everett runs out of her home, rehabbing injured dogs so they can be adopted. 

This week Carter paid it forward to Everett for her selfless work helping injured dogs like Travis.

She met Everett at her work under the guise of dropping off a  $20 donation.

After wiping away tears, Everett said she was shocked by the $500 donation.

"I'm really at a loss for words because I do struggle sometimes," she said.

She said this money could not come at a better time and will help pay for a dog to get cancer treatment.

Everett said just because a dog is injured or sick, it does not mean it should not get another shot at life in a happy home like Carter's.

"They deserve a chance just like the healthy ones," she said. "And it's passion. It's just a passion."

For more information about adopting a dog in need of a forever home or to find out how you can help Surrendered Souls Rescue, go to SSRescue.org.

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