Next, was tackling the problem of getting her to the US. I contacted multiple small pilot companies, friends in the army, organizations that fly dogs and all of them had issues with getting her to the closest airport. That was until i was referred to a page for a company called PetWings. I heard a response within the hour telling me they would love to help. They informed me they take care of all legalities and paperwork, which includes proper vaccination, health certificate for the dog and customs in both countries. I was filled with joy that finally she would be coming to a new home for forever love and care, the only catch was the price: $1,345. It was very steep and we knew we would need help to pay such a large sum.
So we set up a YouCaring page where people could donate to help little Chiquita. I posted the link to every local and non-local rescue group and animal disability page I could find, people were quick to share but not give a donation. My family and I understood what we were asking, but we would not stand by while that poor dog had to be put back on the street, especially after all the work our new friends in Lima had done. Our YouCaring page made $670 thanks to the animal lovers with big hearts, so we had to take the remaining $670 out of pocket, which was a huge financial strain. It was all worth it though to know this little dog - whom we named Maxine - would be out of harm's way.
The day finally came when we would pick Maxine up from the airport, it was only an hour-and-a-half drive, but the whole time my family and I were filled with nerves. We hoped her flight was not traumatizing in anyway and that she could sense her new life was approaching. We arrived at the cargo section at 7 p.m. and hurriedly walked to the back room, the double doors burst open and out came a large crate covered in loading stickers, I peeked inside and there she was. Nervous yet excited, we loaded her into the truck and made the trip home. Once she was out of her confinement it was a totally different dog, rolling on her new fluffy bed, chasing us up the hallway and playing with her new siblings.