These are the heartbreaking pictures of the moment a very hot and thirsty pup was revived by a good Samaritan in Costa Rica

Desperate for help, and too weak to walk, Gaia the dog collapsed as soon as she saw her rescuer draw near.

‘When I jumped out of the car to check on her she immediately fell on the ground and started crying,’ Tania Cappelluti wrote on her social media page after the finding the desperate hound.

Rescue: Tania Cappelluti said she saw the exhausted dog by the side of the road and got out to help her

Rescue: Tania Cappelluti said she saw the exhausted dog by the side of the road and got out to help her

Collapse: But when she got out of the car the dog started to cry and collapsed in a heap in front of her

Collapse: But when she got out of the car the dog started to cry and collapsed in a heap in front of her

Help: Supporting the dog she gave her some water and got her back on her feet

Help: Supporting the dog she gave her some water and got her back on her feet

‘She was covered in fleas and ticks and was extremely dehydrated. But the sweetest soul… We gave her water and a bit of food. She could hardly hold herself up,’ she said.

Tania, who runs a Yoga studio as well as an animal rescue shelter, posted pictures of the rescue – and Gaia’s grateful first sips of water by the side of the road.

After receiving sustenance (and flea medicine), Tania happily shared that the pooch has been adopted and found a ‘forever home’

Food: Safely in the back of her car, the dog - now named Gaia - was given some food and shade

Food: Safely in the back of her car, the dog – now named Gaia – was given some food and shade

Comfort: The animal shelter owner made sure her new charge was well cared for on her journey

Comfort: The animal shelter owner made sure her new charge was well cared for on her journey

De-flea: After a trip to the vet to get some anti-flea medicine, Gaia is back to good health and has a new home

High-Five: According to Tania, Gaia found an excellent home in Puerto Jimenez and lives with a lovely French lady in a beautiful cool house and already knows how to give high fives

High-Five: According to Tania, Gaia found an excellent home in Puerto Jimenez and lives with a lovely French lady in a beautiful cool house and already knows how to give high fives

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