Family Brings Home Puppy to Die With Love, But She Surprises Them All

“She couldn’t walk, and she had distemper, and I thought we were just bringing her out to die, basically, in peace, but she proved us wrong.”


 

 

When Mary’s family brought Faith home with distemper, they did so with the expectation that they were just giving her a peaceful and loving place to die.  But as sickly as she was, Faith shocked everyone when, in their care, she thrived.

 

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“In the beginning, we took in several from the shelter that were pretty much dying, and we didn’t want them to die in their situation.  They were being trampled over, they were filthy,” said Mary, whose family lives in Ankara, Turkey.

“So we took them in, and we didn’t think they’d make it, and the first three did not, and Faith actually was the small one that was in the corner.  She couldn’t walk, and she had distemper, and I thought we were just bringing her out to die, basically, in peace, but she proved us wrong.”

 

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Mary and her family are dog lovers, and do what they can to help the 4,000 dogs in the shelter where they volunteer.

“There are these cages – rows and rows and rows of cages – and 20 dogs to a cage,” Mary explained.  “In the beginning when we first got here, you know, just tears, but we’d take what we could – six bags of dog food, and you can’t even feed two or three cages with that.”

 

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Shelter dogs in Turkey are rarely euthanized, and the kennels become overcrowded.  When a dog gets sick, they easily transmit their diseases to the others.  Dead dogs and rats are left to fester alongside live dogs.  This is sickening to both the living dogs and their visitors.

One of Mary’s daughters spotted a puppy with distemper that desperately needed some love before she died.  She couldn’t really walk, and she didn’t have any teeth.

“She has some emotional issues – she has fear [about] food.  She’s just afraid she’s not gonna get a next meal.”

 

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When Mary’s family returns to America, Faith will be coming with them.

“She’s healthy and happy now, very spoiled… she definitely knows she’s loved.”

And she loves to run!

Faith was only the first of many dogs to be saved by this family.  They are currently helping keep over 50 street dogs alive.

 

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50 thoughts on “Family Brings Home Puppy to Die With Love, But She Surprises Them All

  1. Bless you for making this astounding change In Faith’s life! This is a very moving story! You and your family for helping these animals are admirable people and I respect Ankara for doing what they can under the overwhelming situation for them.

  2. Distemper is not an automatic death sentence. As with many diseases, human or canine, speed of treatment after diagnosis can make a huge difference.

  3. Overcoming distemper is always amazing! Our little rescue puppy was near death for days with it, and then turned the corner. I call it a puppy miracle! So glad yours survived too.

  4. Mine was diagnosed after receiving her vaccine.. Coincidence..I think not… They told me I’d have to put her down.. I found an amazing neurologist, and my little angel lived to one week shy of her 16th birthday!

  5. Thank you for sharing! I have 2 foster dogs that have distemper and I know there is hope on the horizon for them. Distemper is not a death sentence. We will get them through this. Thank you

  6. Amazing. We had a golden retriever with this when I was little awful 🙁 think if we had known more then it wouldn’t have been so horrific 🙁 ??

  7. One of my (long since passed) dogs got distemper when he was a puppy, even tho he’d had all the vaccinations. We didn’t think he’d make it, but to everyone’s amazement, he pulled through and live a long and happy life. 🙂

  8. Mary, you are an amazing young girl! And your family is amazing too. Love reading stories about caring and compassionate people, such as yourselves. Keep up the good work! Safe journey home!

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