By Maria Menounos, NBC News contributing correspondent
Visiting Dr. Wilson's ranch outside Phoenix, I immediately saw just how much she loves animals. A stream of constant drop offs and pickups fill the day with Dr. Wilson saving creatures that would otherwise be euthanized or slaughtered. She is so passionate about the plight of animals that she's scheduled another day of surgery into her full-time job as a gynecologist to help pay for all the expenditures. She has forgone luxuries and vacations as well, all to finance the animals.
Skeptics may argue that people and children need this attention more than animals and ask why she doesn't save them as well? Well, she does. In addition to her practice, she travels the world doing pro bono work for the underprivileged. She just happens to be equally passionate about animals. Her belief is that animals are God's creatures and we are supposed to help them, too. They provide us with love, companionship and even healing as proven with therapy animals. So why not save them?
Her work seems more vital than ever as many pet owners are being forced to part with their beloved pets due to the tough economy. Some of the pets are simply too old and have ailments that owners can't afford to treat. Dr. Wilson is providing them with a loving place to relinquish their animals. While we were shooting, dogs that were on the red list - those about to be put down at area shelters - were driven to her ranch and unloaded before us. They were greeted with love and warmth by Dr. Wilson and her equally passionate staff. All signs indicate the animals will continue to receive the same kind of love and affection for the remainder of their lives.
With the financial crisis forcing so many pet owners to relinquish their pets, there couldn't be a better time to adopt a pet. Those who still have jobs often wonder how they could be helpful to those who are currently suffering. This could be a wonderful way to give some peace of mind to someone who has to part with their best friend. If you're looking for a pet, think of helping someone who has to give their pet up. You can make a difference too!
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