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Angel entered our lives in late November 2017. She was a stray in the streets of Garland. When she was found, she had just given birth to a litter of puppies. Unfortunately, the animal shelter did not find her pups with her. My sister sent me pictures and videos of Angel in the shelter, quietly waiting for someone to claim her. I didn’t know if I could take on the financial responsibility of a pet a that time in my life, but when I heard that she was scheduled to be euthanized on Friday December 1st 2017, I went to adopt her that Wednesday November 29th. She was a shy girl, kept her head low and wouldn’t bark. I wondered what she had been through as I could see pain and hurt in her eyes and I knew that we would treat her like a Princess from that day on.


Angel has been our protector and our little girl ever since day 1. She’s always loved her long walks in the warm summer nights, and she loves her belly rubs. As she got a little older, I learned about lumps that form in dogs bodies, which are not always indicative of an illness but it’s good to get them checked out. She had developed a few bumps around her body, some that were mosquito bites she would pick at and some that I wasn’t too sure about. So off to the vet we go! I was expecting them to tell me they were fat deposits in her body and that the lumps were nothing to worry about. However, I heard the opposite. I heard that she had 2

and potentially a 3rd Mast Cell Tumors. I didn’t have time to cry or be sad. I had to figure out what to do next and take action. I spoke to a friend who’s dog had recently died due to tumor growth in the internal organs and he gave me some pointers on how to handle Angel’s diagnosis. I went to ADC and asked about having a scan done to see if there was anything else growing inside of her. The great news was that she did not have any other growths! But the bad news was that in order to get her tumors removed, it would cost me over 7 thousand dollars! I knew I didn’t have the money and wouldn’t be able to save enough in a few weeks. I needed at least 6 months or so… but I didn’t give up. I was clear with ADC about my financial situation and Angel’s oncologist suggested that I apply for a grant with A Dog’s Life Organization.

Here we are, about 2 weeks later and thanks to this AMAZING organization, Angel is going to be treated to the full extent of what she needs! I have prayed about this matter, and I asked that Jehovah God give me the strength to endure through this extremely rough situation. Not only did He help me feel at peace with the situation, He also blessed me with the generosity of the amazing donors that make A Dog’s Life Grant possible. I feel like I can plan to have Angel by my side for a few more years now. I feel that there is a light at the end of this dark tunnel. I feel a huge weight lifted off my shoulders knowing I don’t have to worry about the cost and knowing that Angel is going to be taken care of. I am beyond thankful for this assistance. I cannot put that appreciation and gratefulness into words. Please know, I pray that Jehovah God continues to bless EVERYONE who is a part of this organization. I look forward to giving back to this organization one day.

Maty Miranda (September 2023)

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