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Talk about a journey; our sweet Alva has sure had one.
This adorable girl was adopted back in 2004-ish and by all accounts, had a good life. Unfortunately, her family faced some hard choices, and trust us; they were hard. These choices resulted in Alva being returned to SOCKS. Before you go thinking it was all downhill from there, think again. We posted a few videos that ended up in the right news feeds, and Alva had interest from all over the world.
So next thing you know, we are wading through applications when we decided on a potential adopter. The only problem was, she lived in Pennsylvania! Do you know how far that is from us? 17 hours and seven minutes, or 1,132 miles. So here we are, asking, “How do we get her there?” when all of a sudden, things fell into place. Okay, maybe not right into place, but we had a light at the end of the tunnel. We had transport.
Alva was going to catch a ride with Friends of the Escambia Animal Shelter (FRIENDS) located in Pensacola. Who are they? They’re a rescue group that works as a support to the Escambia County Animal Shelter. Their goal is to reduce euthanasia rates at the shelter and increase adoption rates. They work hand in hand with the shelter. One of their programs is called “Dogs with a Drawl.” They send cats and dogs from Escambia County Animal Shelter to a partner shelter in Pennsylvania. Since they started the program, they have saved over 2,000 animals by pulling them and sending them in transport.
Usually, their transports are full. Luckily for us, this one was not, and they had room for Alva. So, we loaded her up, and with the help of Kim, Teresa, Jordan, and the rest of the FRIENDS team, Alva got to her final resting spot with her new mom Janice. Folks, this is what it’s all about. It’s about working together, about being judgment-free, and finding solutions. Truth be known, things didn’t go as expected. They broke down, and you can imagine the stress that came with that, but all in all, it was worth it. Alva is now in her new home, and it’s reported she is doing great with not only a new mom but her new sisters Ziva, Misty, and her brother Bear!
Story submitted by Marti Gordon.
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