Animal Aid for Vermillion Area (AAVA) is a 501(c)(3) animal rescue organization that saves dogs and cats from the gas chamber in the high-kill shelter in Kaplan, Louisiana. Of course, all high-kill shelters are abominable places, but the one in Kaplan is its own kind of hell: the facility is only about animal and rabies control, it has no adoption program to the public, and pets who are brought there are killed within 4 days unless reclaimed or rescued. And they aren't humanely euthanized -- they are tortured to death in an archaic gas chamber where it takes approximately 45 minutes for a healthy dog to be killed, even longer for puppies and pregnant, senior or sick dogs. In the past 18 months, AAVA has rescued over 1,600 dogs and 500 cats from the shelter. Of those, approximately 400 dogs and all the cats were taken by other rescues; AAVA took the rest. This means that seven completely focused, devoted, determined, amazing core volunteers rescued 1,200 dogs.