On Wednesday morning, June 22nd, our cat adoption center received a call that one of our previously adopted dogs had been found as a stray in Las Vegas.
It was Ava.
For those who don’t know the story of Ava, she is a chocolate American pit bull who had been in and out of shelters since 2016 when she was found abandoned in a field in Orange Cove. She was malnourished, underweight, and had severe mange. Watch the video below for Ava’s original history with us.
In March 2017, Ava was adopted but found abandoned once again in Pima, Arizona in 2019. Again, she was found malnourished.
We took to social media to raise funds to bring Ava back. Using #BringAvaHome, we asked for $800 to cover the cost of travel expenses. More than $1,300 were raised and we were successfully reunited with her on July 24, 2019.
Thanks to coverage by local media, Ava was adopted again on September 23, 2020.
“We have some of the best news Ava,” we shared on a social media post published on September 24, 2020. “Our cute-as-a-button American pit bull, Ava, was adopted yesterday! Our staff went mutts over the successful adoption. Yes, some tears were shed.”
Just a year after she was adopted from us in 2020, Ava and her adopters paid us a visit after our Super Adoption event in June 2021. She was such a happy and silly dog. We were all so overjoyed with her and so thankful she found a home. One of our staff members had commented on a Facebook post about the encounter, “Cheers to never having to find her abandoned in a desert ever again!”
We all moved on believing Ava had finally found her furever home. Today, however, we are devastated.
“To hear that Ava was abandoned yet again is very disheartening and makes me sick to my stomach,” our animal care adoption supervisor, Ruben, said. “She has been through so much in her life and doesn’t deserve this.”
When Ruben received notice of Ava on Wednesday, June 22nd, he attempted to contact the numbers we had on Ava’s adoption file to figure out what had happened. All phones on file were either disconnected or didn’t answer.
Ruben was able to speak to a Las Vegas animal control representative and they were fortunately able to locate and contact Ava’s adopters who informed the representative that they had moved and left Ava in the care of trusted family members. Ava’s adopters reached out to said family members and reported back to the representative, who then told us the trusted family members had “cut Ava loose.”
On Thursday, June 23rd, we received news that Ava’s adopters made the decision to relinquish their rights to Ava.
Thanks to The Animal Foundation of Las Vegas where Ava is currently being cared for, Ruben plans to drive to Las Vegas on Saturday, June 25th.
“It’s possible Ava may be able to meet us halfway,” Ruben said. “Either way, we’re making the journey, and Ava will be back in our care very soon. We believe she was roaming Las Vegas in triple-digit weather. Her skin looks so red in the photo provided by The Animal Foundation. I honestly can’t wait to get on the road and see my girl.”
To help Ruben #BringAvaHome, donate today! All funds raised will help cover travel expenses and continued medical and mental care of Ava. Donate HERE.
Our Animal Care Adoption Supervisor, Ruben Cantu, with the help of his wife, Raquel, successfully brought Ava home to Valley Animal Center this weekend!
We gave her a bath and she underwent surgery for some mass removals. We are now focusing on her health and well-being as we decide how to ensure this sweet girl’s future does not include another abandonment. Thank you to The Animal Foundation of Las Vegas for contacting us. Thank you to all your support and kindness in helping us bring Ava home safe and sound.
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