Before the launch of the rescue and adoption program, the organization had released Dvaa back into the zone where they found her, but she kept coming back, trying to hide in the building.

“She would sit down in the surgery room and just watch the veterinarians doing their work,” Hixson said. “She would come and walk through and almost inspect what we were doing and make sure we were doing a good job.”

She is now living with Hixson’s parents outside of Chicago.

“Animals play an important part in our lives. I think sometimes until you really have an animal, it’s very difficult to understand how much they can mean to you, how much they can provide for you. It’s an incredible symbiotic relationship,” he said. “These dogs are just like any other puppy. They love attention. They need love.”