When I tell people everything my pup Mandy has gone through they say "She's lucky to be alive!" And I always respond, "Well, yes but I'm the lucky one too."
Mandy was picked up by APA! from TLAC because she came down with parvo after being picked up as a stray. After Dr. Jefferson put her on the road to recovery I responded to the need for a foster. I had never fostered before and had no idea what fostering a parvo pup does to you. (It makes you want to keep them). After hand feeding home cooked chicken and rice, medical trailer visits, the early signs of distemper, more medication, and a lot of worrying, it was time to let Mandy go to adoption sites. The second I was asked to surrender Mandy I knew I couldn't. We had been through too much together. All the odds were against her but because of the compassion of Dr. Jefferson and the med techs and everyone in between, I was able to help her through them. Even today, months later, I sit and watch her laying in the sun, happily chewing on a stick, and think about her sitting in a pen at TLAC, waiting for someone to help.
Not so surprisingly, the parvo pup program with APA! is one of my favorites to talk about. Dogs that would be sentenced to death by TLAC and even many vets, are taken in and given a chance to live.