Seeing any animal in distress can be a heartbreaking experience. A sight like this is not an uncommon one as many people choose to neglect animals rather than give them the care they need so much. This is the harsh reality that the animals face, being put in predicaments wherein they would have almost no way of getting out of, which is why rescuers do their best in meeting the challenges of helping the animals out. It may be heart-wrenching for them to see the animals in such a state, but they know that their hard work will pay off in the end. Rescue organizations like Hope For Paws are created to save strays and help them rehabilitate. When they got a call about a shepherd mix dog, they rushed over to help.
It Was Cowering Beneath a Car
It was a rainy morning when the animal rescue organization called Hope For Paws received that call. The call was regarding a stray dog whose breed was of a mixed German Shepherd. According to the caller, the poor dog was all alone, hiding underneath a car, making sure to avoid every human at all cost. They do not know what happened to the dog and why it is there, but they knew they had to come to its aide.
Try To Lure The Dog Out
Upon receiving the call, two members of the organization immediately went out and head to the area of the scene. The name of those who went there were Eldad Hagar and Loreta Frankonyte. The Hope For Paws organization was founded by a man named Eldad Hagar, and their mission is to rescue and help animals who are in dire need of help around the area.
Avoiding Contact With Humans
The poor dog was using the large van to make sure that humans would not be able to approach her in any way. It was clear to the members of the organization that this poor dog simply does not want to come out nor have any interest in meeting them. Loreta then made a move to get closer to the dog, showing her that she has food with her that she is willing to give.
Proceed With Caution
Loreto wanted to make sure that there would be no way for her to scare the dog, which is why she proceeded with caution, making sure that the dog would not make any attempts in running away from her. They badly wanted to be of help to this dog, but first needed to make sure that the dog would not be aggressive towards them.
No, Thank You
As Loreta continued approaching the dog and got closer to her, the large but frightened dog started to cry in the same manner that a person would. It was obvious that the dog was terrified. They do not know what happened to this dog, but it was for sure not a pleasant one. The dog looked homeless and was completely terrified of humans.
Never Heard Something Like It
The organization uploaded the video of the encounter to Youtube, in the video, the pair mentioned, “At first we thought she was hurt but she cried because she was so scared.” As if that wasn’t proof enough of the unique cry, the title of the video is ‘Homeless German Shepherd cries like a human! I have never heard anything like this!!!’.
Slowly But Surely
Although the dog initially did not accept the cheeseburger that was being offered to her, it eventually started to cry a little less and let itself be vulnerable with Loreta. The dog later accepted the cheeseburger that was being offered to her even though she was still crying a little, but the fact that she slowly calmed down meant that things were going well. Still, Loreta was worried.
None of them knew where the dog came from nor what its background was. They had lots of questions running through their mind. Would it suddenly attack out of fear? Or would the dog suddenly become aggressive? Even though their mission is to help every animal in the area who needed help, they always had to ensure their own safety before attempting to save the animals, and the same thing applies in this case.
Taking Baby Steps
To approach a scared animal like this one, Loreta made sure that she was very patient and would take things slowly as she does not know what would happen. She had to take her time with since this dog was pretty big in size and there is a huge chance that the terrified dog would act rashly out of fear.
They had to find a way to make the dog come to them while making sure that they would be safe in the process. Various organizations that deal with animals use different tools to help them capture whatever animal they need to capture in a much safer and easier way. The tool they used has a long rope with a loop on its end which would be used to capture the dog by placing it around the dog’s neck gently.
In most cases, dogs would usually attack humans whenever they get too close, especially whenever they feel that they are being threatened or whenever they are scared. Dogs have a tendency to act like this because of fear and it is the only action they know of so that they may protect themselves whenever danger comes.
But! Loreta came prepared as she brought a cheeseburger with her. She used this food as a type of bait so that she would be able to lure the dog out of her hiding place, just like how a fisherman would use bait to draw out fish. The question now was this, would Loreta’s plan going to work with this dog?
Not Interested In Her Cheeseburger
Something odd happened though. Instead of receiving the cheeseburger that was being offered to her, the scared dog only backed away and went back under the car to hide from them. In most cases, an animal’s desire and need for food would triumph over their fear, but it does not seem like that is the case this time.
Scared & Wary
This dog must have been so terrified of humans, that she chose to hide under the vehicle and put her hunger aside rather than accept the food that was being offered to her. Loreta was quite shocked with how the dog reacted towards her generous offer! If we were the ones being offered with food, we would have grabbed the cheeseburger immediately!
Much Longer Than They Expected
Their rescue task would have been much easier and would be a lot smoother if only the dog had been a little more trusting. However, the pair were determined as Eldad and Loreta wouldn’t give up on the dog as they were slowly trying to win her over. Taking her out the place where she is hiding is out of the question for them.
Trying To Help
In an attempt to bring the dog out of the area, Loreta tried to place the lasso around the dog’s neck, but quickly let her ago after seeing how the dog reacted. It was obvious to them that the dog was terrified of everything that was going on at the time.
Loreta did not want to scare the dog a lot more than it already was. By the time Loreto let the dog out of the Lasso, the dog immediately ran away. Loreta understood that if she wants to capture the dog, she will have to come up with an entirely different plan. They really had to thoroughly plan their next move so that this rescue mission would be a success.
Looking For A Safe Spot
The German Shepherd mix might have believed that the safest areas for her to be at would be between the two buildings that were near the vehicle that she was under earlier. Eldad acted right away and brought a net to surround the containers.
Bringing Her To Safety
They knew that eventually, the dog would have to come out sooner or later, and once the does so, Eldad and Loreta would be waiting to take her somewhere safe. Which begs the question of how long it would take for them to capture this dog. The two of them cleared their schedules for the day as they wanted to ensure that they would have all the time they needed to save this poor dog.
There For The Long Run
Eldad covered one of the exits while Loreto covered the other. Eldad filmed the whole operation with his phone as they were trying to win the frightened dog over by talking to her. They were filled with determination as they wanted to help this dog no matter how long it would take them.
She Continued To Whine And Cry
The dog wouldn’t stop whining, but eventually, she calmed down and started to listen to Loreta, who gently persuaded the dog to come with them. According to them, it was heartbreaking to hear the dog cry in such a manner, it devastated them!
The dog’s ears were down, which was a clear indication that the dog was afraid of everything that was happening. The pair gave the dog as much time that she needed for her to calm down, and after waiting for a while, it was starting to look like the dog was less scared than she was before.
Loreta was able to get the gentle snare around her neck once she settled down a bit. Loreta was glad that she was eventually able to get the frightened dog, despite the fact that the dog was still quite jittery. Now what was left to do was safely get her to the vet.
The two began to ease the dog out slowly and softly, trying their best not to frighten more than she had already been. She shifted, very slowly. Eldad and Loreta were very patient, allowing the dog enough time to move at her own pace, making sure to not make her feel that she is being rushed.
The two wanted to make the dog feel that she is safe with them and made sure to reassure the dog to the best of their abilities so that she would calm down. Sometimes, animals are not always the aggressive beings that we think of them to be as they could also be fragile at times, most especially when they have gone through as series of events that are traumatizing.
Coaxing Her Out Of There
The rescuers decided to name this cute dog as “Rain” since they found her by her own on that particular rainy morning. The dog may have kept her tail tucked between her legs the whole time, but at least they were able to make some progress with how the dog was acting.
Finally, their patience paid off as they were finally able to get Rain out from between the cabins, but the fact still stands, the dog was still terrified of everything that was going on around her. Her tail was still tucked underneath her, she found it hard to stop from crying and trembling.
Finally Making Progress
As slow as he could, Eldad then added another gentle leash for their own safety and started to gently caress her on the top of her head to let her know that she was safe with them. The frightened dog finally accepted their gentle pets and seemed to agree to enter the cage.
Rain still seemed unsettled and very afraid, despite the fact that they were moving slowly and taking their time. Every so often, when Loreta and Eldad thought that she had already calmed down, Rain would yelp in panic and attempt to run away while weeping.
Rain allowed Eldad to gently pet her, which was an enormous progress compared to how she was acting towards them a while ago, since she would not let any one of them to come near her when they first met. Although she was still cautious and was a bit apprehensive, Rain still allowed the pair to lead her to their vehicle.
Rain hesitantly cooperated as they slowly made their way to the car. Regardless, the fact still stands that her body language clearly depicted that she was still uneasy with the situation. She kept getting jumpy and yelping as she may have thought that the rescuers might hurt her.
They finally got to the cage where they put Rain in so that they would be able to transport her to where they would be taking her. They had to take her to the vet so she could be checked and make sure that she wasn’t injured nor sick. Not to mention, she was also in desperate need of a good bath.
Seeing A Friendly Face
Carey Linnell was the one who called the rescuers in the first place. There she was, waiting in the enclosure, leaving it open. Rain did not reach the cage when she saw her, but she slipped right under Carey’s arms, snuggling up to her.
It was as if Rain already knew Carey well as it looked like she has complete trust with her. She let Carey pet her with no problem. Rain even went to Carey on her own, it was like she knew all along that Carey was the one who called for help for her.
Help However They Could
By the looks of it, it seemed like Rain was trying to express her gratitude towards Carey. For everyone around the area, this was a beautiful sight for each and everyone of them to see. The whole time, Carey, Loreta, and Eldad did not lose hope. In any way they could, they wanted so badly to help Rain.
They Couldn’t Believe It
Rain probably wanted to be assured that everything would be going well. After this, everyone was left in awe as they were surprised to see Rain willingly entering the cage by herself! The three rescuers all found it hard to believe that they were making such fast progress with this dog!
Getting In The Cage
They were surprised to see that Rain willing entered the cage so easily on her own. It even seemed like Rain felt much more comfortable inside of the cage, almost as if she felt safer in spaces that are a bit smaller. Whatever the reason she may have nor what made her go in, there was no doubt that it was delightful to see that she was calming down a bit.
Checking It Out
It was probably because of the soft pillows that were placed on the bottom of the cage, or it might be because of the fact that Rain saw Carey, nonetheless, Loreta and Eldad were both jovial to see that Rain is making some progress. She started to sniff around the crate and was looking around at all the rescuers.
They were even more surprised when Rain entered the cage! Once she entered the cage, it was the very time that the rescuers had seen her at her calmest. She had stopped crying altogether and finally settled down. Loreta found it hard to believe that it is the same Rain that she was trying to appeal to a few hours ago.
Rain even grinned a little at this point and wagged her tail ever so slightly. It was like she was beginning to know she was getting help. In the past, Loreta and Eldad wondered what might have been done to her to cause her to fear humans so much.
After they carefully moved the cage into the car, Rain seemed curious. She was looking at her surroundings, investigating just what exactly was going on. It seemed like she was much calmer inside the cage. Rain was probably aware that she would not be harmed as long as she was inside of the cage.
Rain Got A Burger And A Bath
Finally, inside her cage, she got to eat her delicious cheeseburger and even wagged her tail a little more in response! She was healthy now, and she was happy to go to the vet. She’d get some TLC, enjoy her day at a doggie spa, and get more than enough cuddles from Loreta.
Becoming A New Dog
After being cleaned and tested Rain was finally ready to head into the next chapter of her life. Just like any other dog, Rain also deserved to have a loving home, a warm house to stay at with a family who would take care of her and keep her safe from harm.
She Enjoyed The Attention
Earlier that day, Rain was a dog who was terrified of humans and kept pushing everyone away, but all it took was for a bath and some cuddles to transform her into an entirely new dog that was very different compared to what she was when they first met her. She probably realized that these humans were not like the ones she has met before and would not harm her in any way.
A New Dog
They decided to give Rain her first spa treatment, and since it was obviously her first one, she was clearly loving every second of it. She let the suds run down her nose and welcomed the warm water and gentle hands of her “masseuse”. Once they were finished with the session, she was about to look like an entirely new dog!
Re-Learning The Ropes
It was certain that she used to be a pet of a family, although she did not have a chip. This meant that she once knew what it was like to live in a warm home with a family who was there for her. But what kind of home exactly did she come from? And why did it all lead to this?
Getting Used To TLC
It was also obvious that Rain was also readjusting to how it felt when there was someone who would be taking care of her. After all, none of the rescuers even expected that she would easily be a happy and trusting dog merely hours after they have met her. In fact, they are still surprised with how fast it had happened!
After she was bathed and cleaned, Rain wanted nothing more than to relax and for Loreta to cuddle her. Compared to how they first met her, she was suddenly acting like a completely different dog! With the time that Rain spent at the vet, she immediately transformed into a sweet and cuddly dog, compared to the frightened and apprehensive dog that she once was just a few hours ago.
For Rain to start adjusting and relaxing, it surprisingly took just a few hours. She transformed into a totally different dog. All it took was a cheeseburger and a good medical wash at the vet. As soon as she felt secure, Loreta could not believe how sweet the once frightened Rain had become.
New Starts For Rain
The best is yet to come for the lovely dog named Rain. After two weeks of being rescued by Eldad and Loreta, someone asked about her. Would this be Rain’s much awaited chance to once again join a loving family with people who would care for her and keep her safe?