Stray animals, and especially dogs, are no news to most of us. There are about 70 million stray animals living in the U.S. Of this 70 million, only about six to eight million cats and dogs enter the nation’s 3,500 shelters every year, according to the Humane Society of the United States. But what happens to those who are less lucky?

Well, most of them remain on the streets, scared and wandering around to find food or water to get through another day. However, for such animals, there is always hope that a kind person might find them and get them the help they need. Nina Love is one of them: since childhood, Nina has felt passion for animals in need, and her kindness just happened to save yet another animal recently.

Nina Love was just going about her day when she received a message on Facebook telling her that a dog had been dumped at a nearby park. In her line of work, that might’ve been nothing new if not for the fact that the park was located near the railroad tracks that often had trains passing through. She had to act immediately if she wanted to save the dog.

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Meet Xena, a dog that had been mercilessly dumped at the park near the railroad tracks

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She was found by Nina Love and another one of Nina’s rescuer friends who came to help

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Just as they thought, the dog had wandered off to the train tracks

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It was hard to catch Xena because she seemed to be afraid of her rescuers

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They tracked her for over 3 miles until they finally caught her just as a train was about to pass through

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Despite the fact that Nina put her life on the line, she was very happy and relieved that in the end, she managed to save Xena

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Thanks to Nina and her friend, Xena got a second chance at life

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Right now she’s on a journey to recover from her past trauma and any health issues she might have

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The vet recently confirmed that Xena was abused previously, and that might’ve contributed to Xena running away from Nina when she was trying to save her

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Until she fully recovers and has a chance to find her new forever home, she will stay at the foster house

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But right now Xena is healing as she becomes a happy and loved dog again

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“This is what we do, as advocates in our community trying to make a change and help animals in need”

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“I stand for all animals and we all do our absolute best to get them off the streets and give them a fighting chance. Those who know me understand how passionate I am. There’s a lot to learn and I’m willing to be open and be educated so I can continue doing what I love.

It takes a village and I won’t lie, I thought I could do it on my own, but you need a strong team to get the job done. I’m thankful for everyone, especially Irene and Stacey (I’m so sorry about your injury). We fought for her and because we came together, she has her second chance at life.” Nina shared on her Instagram post regarding Xena’s story.