Before Mrs. Flans came into Alvarez's life, she was someone else's pet. When the owner got pregnant, she decided she didn't have room for Mrs. Flans (formerly called Mimi) in her life anymore. She contacted Alvarez, who volunteers as a private rescuer in the Los Angeles area.
"The owner said she needed somebody to come and get her," Alvarez said. "Otherwise, she was going to put her out on the street."
The woman lived over an hour away, but Alvarez raced over to pick up the dog. When Alvarez arrived and knocked on the door, the owner walked out with Mrs. Flans wrapped up in an old towel.