Saving Faith: PACC 911 partners work together to rescue animals

Saving Faith, is the story of a dog who likely experienced abuse, then ended up on the streets as a stray, and was discovered by humans unlike any she had ever met, who worked patiently to win her trust and save her life.

It is the tale of a dog, a very fortunate dog, who will ultimately find her forever home.

The often untold story, though, is about the people, that is the rescue groups in our area who work in partnership day after day for the greater good of animals across Arizona.

We have many animal rescues in our state who work tirelessly to protect the lives of all types of animals.  The people of these organizations save souls from often dire situations, provide a comfortable place to live, give nourishment and love, and find them forever families.   It is often a sad but ultimately rewarding commitment made by these dedicated saviors.

Of course, every rescue strives to help as many animals as they can.  What they do takes time, money, and resources, all of which most often are hard to come by, and too often falls short.

Every animal rescue organization is committed to saving the lives of animals and finding homes for the ones in their care, so they can save more.  You would think that it is instinct to compete for the things that are in shortage.

After all, every rescue has the same needs: volunteers, money, foster homes, food, medical support, opportunities for exposure, and loving, committed adopters.

You might also think the more resources you can covet for your own, the more good you can do … right?  Wrong!  Arizona Rescues working together under the Phoenix Animal Care Coalition, PACC 911, would adamantly disagree.

Here in the valley, it is not competition that makes us stronger, it is alliance and trust.

Over 100 rescues have joined forces under PACC 911 to strengthen their efforts and resources and ultimately have the greatest impact on animal welfare in our state.  PACC 911 and its partners stay the course and keep the focus on what really matters, the safety and lives of animals.

Thanks to the commitment and alliance of many animal rescues here in Arizona, Saving Faith just happens to be one very powerful illustration among thousands of living examples that capture the amazing accomplishments that occur when people collaborate.

Faith’s story:

A medium-size, black dog was spotted lingering near a parking garage.  Day after day, people going in and out of the building might see her or maybe just her nose revealed as she stayed hidden and alert.

The dog was frightened and alone, but even with the exasperating heat, she somehow found a sense of security under the huge cement structure.  She lived there for over a year.  Nice people would bring her food and water, and she survived.

She survived the heat, the loneliness, and even being hit by a car, but she remained leery of humans and would not come close.

Fortunately, this dog was also noticed by a women who volunteers with Valley Dogs Rescue.  She began a plan to save this little girl she called Faith, and started a Facebook page for her.

As Valley Dogs is a partner of PACC 911, she first reached out to fellow PACC 911 rescue organizations who collaborated to assist.  This group, which ultimately included Boxer Luv, Desert Lab Rescue, Help a Dog Smile, and Villa La Paws Pet Resort began organizing the mission to Save Faith.

Thinking ahead, a foster home as well as medical and behavioral support would need to be ready for Faith as soon as she was rescued.   Her physical and emotional condition needed to be considered as well as making sure she had a stable and committed place to live once she was in their care.

In other words, this group of PACC 911 partners understood there were many unknowns, and everyone pitched in to help find the resources Faith needed.

Over the course of four months, Faith’s committed band of saviors, worked to plan her rescue and ensuing needs.  Finally, plans and resources were in place, and on Aug. 15, Faith was gently lured into safety.  She was saved!

Faith went straight to the foster home that was waiting for her, so she could start to process her totally new world with people, air conditioning, clean food and water, and a soft bed.

Once she had time to settle in a bit, the priority was a vet check and evaluation by a behaviorist.  It was discovered that Faith was just about 2 years old, she had likely been a very young mother, but in good health.

Although scared and cautious of people, Faith is non-aggressive.

Over the next month more was learned about Faith and her needs as she interacted with her foster family.  She made great strides, but it was decided that Faith would need more time, in an environment where she could work with professionals and learn to understand her new life.

Villa La Paws Pet Resort offered to let Faith live at their facility for free where she could have lots of time with a trainer and learn to socialize with her own kind.  It has been a great fit for her.  She has a long road ahead, but in just a few weeks, Faith has made wonderful progress.

You can follow Faith’s story on Facebook at

Yes, Faith is just one dog and there are thousands of animals every day, in Arizona alone, that desperately need to be saved, but Faith’s story reminds us that with the power and passion of working together, we can make a difference.

It is this experience that keeps PACC 911 partners inspired as they work tirelessly to make the world a better place for the animals and people who love them.  To learn more about PACC 911, its mission, and partners, go to

Sadly, Tom Murray, the owner of Villa La Paws passed away in late September.  Making sure Faith has a place to live and the support she needs to blossom and find a loving home is one Tom’s final acts of kindness.

We mourn the loss of Tom, his positive outgoing spirit and his commitment to animals and the rescue community.  He will be missed.


Editor’s note: Karen Clark is a PACC 911 board member.

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