When Mary and her three daughters moved to Ankara, Turkey, for her husband's job, they decided they wanted to do something to give back to their new community. They found a local shelter where they could volunteer, but had no idea how much this decision would end up shaping their lives.
The shelter the family chose was home to over 4,000 dogs, according to a video about the family's experience. Shelter staff were unable to keep up with the number of dogs in their care, and as a result, many of the dogs were underfed.
Most individual cages at the shelter held 20 dogs or more, and even when Mary brought multiple bags of dog food with her, she was only able to feed a few cages worth of dogs at most.
Weak and suffering, the puppies were being trampled and overlooked in the crowded shelter. There wasn't anything that could be done for them — except to give them a quiet, safe place to pass in peace.
The family brought the four puppies home, and soon three of them passed away. The littlest one, however, kept holding on. They named her Faith — and soon enough she lived up to her name.
"Every day that went by I just could see that she was going to pull through," Mary said.
Faith bounced back from her illness, and the family adopted her as one of their own.