When Alicia Simatos saw a picture of Sophie posted by the local Humane Society, she knew she had to find a way to bring home this little dog who had lingered in shelters for months. But it wasn’t just Sophie’s soulful eyes – it was the pup’s cleft lip that made her beautiful to Simatos.
Sophie is part of a small group of dogs with the birth defect that have been rescued by the Cleft Lip & Palate Foundation of Smiles, a Grand Rapids nonprofit that plans to train them as therapy dogs.
Future plans include rescuing and placing more of these dogs with families whose children have craniofacial differences.
For Simatos, Sophie was an instant family member. About a week ago, she took her 4-month-old son, Michael, who has a cleft lip and palate, to meet the 5-year-old dog at the Humane Society of West Michigan. Sophie had been up for adoption …