It’s easy to miss the amount of stray dogs that live in cities across the United States. There are rescues and shelters out there who’s mission is to help these strays find permanent and loving homes. Eldad Hagar from Hope for Paws is just one of the organizations in Los Angeles who take on this mission.
So, when they got a call about a lone dog living in the desert, they sprung to action.
Eldad Hagar is a devoted animal rescuer who works at Hope for Paws in Los Angeles, California. He spends his time calming stray, hurt, and abused dogs in an effort to find them a permanent home.
When he got a call about a stray German shepherd wandering around the dessert, he wasn’t surprised. He had seen his fair share of lost dogs. So, he took off in his car to find the dog and see what he could do to help her.
Living outside in 100-degree heat can take a toll on anyone. So, when Eldad found the dog, he wasn’t surprised that she was drinking from a puddle on the side of the road. He also noticed she had a slight limp.
It was this puddle that kept the dog in one place. The person who called to report the stray dog said it was the closest they had ever gotten. Thank goodness the puddle was there so help could come.
The dog was dirty and her fur was brown from the dirt. Eldad and his rescue team tried to establish trust with the dog by offering food, but she stayed away. Time was of the essence to get her help because she may be sick from the water she was drinking.
The team set a deadline to rescue the dog before sunset. It gets very cold at night in the dessert. They called for more help with their mission.
Eldad called a mobile veterinary to come to scene. The vet hospital on wheels arrived and the vet had a tranquilizer gun ready to sedate the dog.
The only challenge now was to get close enough to the dog and not scare it away. They achieved this by throwing food out of the car window. When the dog got close enough, the vet shot her with a tranquilizer.
The German shepherd wasn’t willing to give up, though. Even after being shot with the tranquilizer she ran around for a few minutes until the drugs kicked in.
When the dog was finally asleep, the team approached her to examine. They were shocked at how beautiful she was. They named her Venus, after the Roman goddess of love.
The team used a blanket to move Venus from the desert and into the mobile vet clinic. The vet gave her a complete medical exam, which concluded that the dog being in pretty good health.
While there was nothing extremely wrong with the dog, she still needed some attention. They rehydrated her through an IV.
Once Venus was rehydrated, she started to wake up from the tranquilizer. The team was pretty far from Los Angeles, so they decided to stay at a hotel for the night and hopefully give Venus the time she needed to recover from the exam and tranquilizer.
The transport was easy for the team. Venus was comfortable in the hotel room and slept peacefully.
Suddenly, in the middle of the night, Eldad heard a strange noise. He switched on a lamp and discovered Venus on the desk. He knew that if she was to remain calm, he had to establish trust with her.
Eldad held his hand out to her slowly. She let him pet her head without running away or barking.
Venus couldn’t be happier the next morning. She smiled all the way home to Los Angeles with Eldad. She was loving the air conditioning.
Once Venus arrived at the shelter, she was given the full welcome treatment. They bathed her and even gave her a facial. She went from being a lost dog in the desert to a stunning German Shepherd.
After a long day, Venus slept well that night. All she had to do was wait for someone to adopt her.