By working with Chowda every day, and helping her learn from other, more confident dogs, Wells and the rest of the rescue staff slowly taught her that humans aren't all scary. After four months with the ASPCA's special anti-cruelty team, Chowda had become a cheerful, well-fed little dog.
"We make it our mission to find out how these dogs are feeling and what's going to change their perception of whatever's scaring them," Wells told The Dodo, adding that they search for "that one thing that flips the switch."
Even though Wells has been working with rescues for 17 years, seeing dogs like Chowda transform into the loving, trusting animals they were meant to be still makes her emotional. "Every day is like the first day," she said. "Most of us cry when we see them leave."