Eldad Hagar, who runs the infamous Hope For Paws rescue in Los Angeles, has pretty much seen it all when it comes to animal rescue.
Hagar has seen heartbreaking situations of animal abuse and neglect and been frustrated by people’s irresponsibility when it comes to caring for pets.
But Hagar also sees the beautiful parts of animal rescue, the stories of survival, resilience and redemption.
Just before Christmas 2018, Hagar received a call about a small dog who had been living alone in a mountainous area.
The region was full of predators that would have loved a small dog meal, but this pup had the smarts to survive.
When Hagar found her, the dog was lying alone on an old rug on a porch. Someone had left water for the pup, who looked sad, lonely and in bad physical condition.
Hagar has a way with dogs, of course, and managed to gain the pup’s trust with a gentle handful of food and a few soft pats on the head.
Hagar gently placed the “lucky leash” around the dog’s neck, signaling a new chapter in this dog’s life.
He decided to name the small dog Fergie.
“I am not sure how Fergie survived out in the mountains where there are so many coyotes, but she managed to do so until I got the call,” Hagar said on Facebook. “No collar, no name tag, no microchip.”
Hagar and his crew tended to Fergie’s physical needs while trying to figure out if she was somebody’s missing pet or a stray dog.
Meanwhile, Fergie got a nice, much-needed haircut and a bath. She stayed at the hospital for a few days, regaining her strength and energy.
Fergie soon found herself in the loving arms of The Forgotten Dog Foundation.
There, Fergie would be safe, warm and loved until she met her forever family.
According to a Jan. 19 Facebook post by The Forgotten Dog Foundation, Fergie still needs a home, along with other rescued pups who are waiting for their new start.
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