On a freezing February night in 2011, a wonderful couple found a box carelessly left on the side of the road. When they went to pick it up, they saw inside a puppy that at first they thought was dead. But after looking closer they saw he was barely breathing. They took him home that night and the next morning took him to Community Animal Rescue & Adoption, Inc. (CARA). They took him to a local veterinarian to be checked where it was confirmed he was indeed in a coma. CARA immediately sent out prayer requests on their website and Facebook page for this precious, innocent puppy. They named him Francis, after St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. He remained in a coma for 4 days and when he woke up he went home with some of the wonderful people at CARA to get 24-hour care. He had a feeding tube which would remain in for almost 8 weeks. Francis could not stand, much less walk, but one of the CARA supporters who is a “human” physical therapist kindly gave her time and energy to work with Francis. After 2 weeks of therapy, he was able to stand and with several more weeks, he was able to walk and even run around.
His story touched so many people’s hearts and came at the time that Mississippi was trying to pass an Animal Cruelty Law. He became the face of animal cruelty for our state and opened so many people’s eyes to the abuse of animals that he became instrumental in helping pass the bill. Francis and his story not only touched the lives and hearts of Mississippians but people everywhere. He has his own Facebook page (Francis-Following His Paw Prints) with more than 800 members representing over 20 states and Canada.
The wonderful people at CARA wanted nothing more than for Francis to live the life of a normal dog, with a loving family. We brought him home for a weekend visit and he fit perfectly with our family of people and dogs. We were lucky enough to be chosen to adopt this special dog that had become such a celebrity. But to us, he is just Francis, a sweet, loving dog with lots of energy that loves to run and play outside, nap on the sofa, and live the life we would hope all homeless animals could find. Our family would not be complete without him; he has so much love for people because it’s the love of people that saved him. From the beginning his caregivers were amazed at his progress--that he survived. They said it was his will and determination that saved him, that they had never seen such a will to live as this puppy had. He survived all odds and not only has filled a void in our family but has a huge extended family of people that he brought together through hope, love, faith and determination that will forever be connected through him.
----Harriet Sims Scott
-- We had a Celebration of Life in honor of
Francis' 1st Birthday Party on Sunday, February 12, 2012. The event was
a huge success with so many of Francis & CARA supporters coming to
the Shelter to join us. Everyone enjoyed hot dogs, cake and ice cream
and got to tour the Shelter as well as visit with the honoree, Francis.
Thanks to everyone who attended!! Click here to see his Birthday Pics.
NEW FRANCIS VIDEOS BY FOX 40 TV -- See how well Francis is doing one year later.
Get your own FRANCIS!! Well not the real Francis but a Plush one -- OUR SUPERMODEL - The new Francis plush is now available from Fuzzy Nation! The cost is $30.00 plus shipping and handling. $15.00 goes to CARA. Lead time is about 6 weeks because it is a special order. To place your order, call Fuzzy Nation at (866) 255-5779. You can call or email them at email@example.com if you have other questions. We are so proud of our boy for being Fuzzy Nation's Supermodel of the Year!
02/04/15 -- Happy 4th Birthday Francis! Former CARA dog and now known to many as the miracle pup, Francis continues to live the good life with the Scott family. The CARA family wishes Francis a Happy Rescue/Birthday today!