Community Rancho Santa Fe

Contest now open to adopt plucky dog

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RANCHO SANTA FE — In mid-January, Helen Woodward Animal Center added a heroic 2-year-old Maltipoo named Sophie to its list of resident orphan animals. The sweet-faced canine who had defended a 7-month old puppy from a vicious coyote attack charmed Center staffers with her gentle nuzzles and friendly tail-wags, in spite of the multiple bite wounds still healing along her neck, shoulder and side. Little did workers know that in only a matter of days, Sophie would have the hearts of dog-lovers across America, too.Now thriving under center veterinary care, Sophie and her story quickly gained media attention, eventually reaching Shepard Smith’s evening segment on Fox National News. While the pup was healing from the latest procedure to her most serious neck injury, Fox aired Helen Woodward Animal Center’s contact information and the calls began pouring in. Adoptions staff say that applications have come from such far away cities as Billings, MT, Columbia, SC, Washington D.C., Oregon, New Jersey, Detroit Philadelphia, and Las Vegas. With the large number of requests and inquiries rising, Helen Woodward Animal Center is now requesting that a 300 word-or-less essay accompany each application, stating why Sophie would be best suited to the potential adopter. If you would like to adopt Sophie, submit your application along with a 300 word-or-less essay, no later than Feb. 10, 2013. Applications can be downloaded at Send applications and essays to 6461 El Apajo Road, P.O. Box 64, in Rancho Santa Fe, 92067 or fax to (858) 756-0605 or email to

“It is going to be a very difficult decision,” said Customer Service Lead Shannon Bush, “but Sophie is worth it. She really embodies every characteristic people hope to find in a furry family member … loyalty, heart and sincere devotion. She also happens to be really, really cute.”

Sophie should be fully healed and ready for adoption within two weeks. Helen Woodward Animal Center would like to unite the pup with her new family on Valentine’s Day. For Sophie updates, click on For more information, contact Helen Woodward Animal Center Adoption Department at (858) 756-4117 ext. 313, or stop by at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe.