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Nala, a 5-year-old boxer mix, who was given a second chance at life after she was taken in with severe injuries by Denver Animal Protection.

Denver Animal Shelter recently joined two other municipal shelter clinics in the country to achieve accreditation as a member of the American Animal Hospital Association.

The accreditation represents the highest level of veterinary excellence the nonprofit organization grants and is only awarded after an evaluation of roughly 900 quality standards, from patient care to staff training.

“AAHA-accredited hospitals and clinics are recognized among the finest in the industry, and they must meet stringent quality standards to become accredited,” DAP veterinarian Louisa Poon said in a statement. “Animal welfare is our passion and keeping the animals at DAP healthy is our highest priority.”

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Less than 15% of veterinary practices are accredited in the United States and Canada, according to Denver Public Health and Environment.

Denver Animal Shelter said its quality care can be best exemplified by a 5-year-old boxer mix named Nala.

She came into the shelter in December severely injured from a dog bite and suffered serious bite wounds on her neck and chest that became infected. She also had severe digestive problems and broken teeth.

Today, however, Nala is healthy. After a month of medical treatments, including surgeries to her chest and mouth, she is now fully healed and up for adoption.

“Thanks to the dedicated team at DAP, [Nala] gets a second chance at a good life with owners that love her life family,” the agency said in a Thursday press release.   

According to Nala’s profile page, she can be shy in new situations but enjoys snuggling, playing with toys and going for walks. She is spayed, “sweet” and “affectionate,” and is looking for a quieter home environment with no other dogs or small children.

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