A man named Scott Kalmbach, who is a realtor, traveled to Guatemala recently. He was there for a trip, but returned home with much more than he realized: a new family member. Scott is a member of a group called Home for a Home, who builds homes for residents in Guatemala. He is from the United States and lives in San Francisco, but helps support the group by traveling and volunteering his time. On his most recent trip, he was walking down the street with coworkers when a brown ball of fur came bursting out at him. Tail wagging, the little pup was so excited to see him, which was unique to the area, which his known to have quite a few stray dogs.
Scott had to keep moving to the day’s project, but he did take a photo of the dog with his phone. He told himself that if he saw the sweet little dog again, he was going to bring her home with him to San Francisco. He decided to name the pup Chica, and then got in contact with Unidos Para Los Animales, a local group who could help him. Linda Green, who founded the group, answered the call and agreed to help get vet care, paperwork, and immunizations for Chica. But there was one problem: they needed to locate her first.
Scott asked a group of local children to help him find Chica, and after showing them her photo, they led him to her: she was at the local dump. The dump is where children and animals alike gather to find food or toys. That’s were Chica was, and she was so excited to see Scott again when he arrived. He picked her up and realized she was very thin and covered in fleas, but she was so happy. He placed her in a milk crate and drove her to the animal rescue facility two hours away.
Scott headed home and Chica spent time gaining weight and getting healthy again. She then reunited with Scott in San Francisco and while time had passed and she had grown in size, Chica immediately recognized him. She now lives with Scott and fits right in with his family and her new favorite place: the local dog park.