After she had been missing for 13 days, Shelby’s family decided to contact A Way Home For Animals, a nonprofit that helps families find their missing pets. Babs Fry, the founder of the organization, drove out to the area in hopes that she could help reunite Shelby with her worried family, but right from the start, she knew it wasn’t going to be an easy task.
“Through communicating with everyone in the area, signs, camp host and general store we were able to make sure that anyone that saw the dog knew exactly who to call,” Fry told The Dodo. “As a result we received a call the morning after I arrived that Shelby had been seen 3 and a half miles south. I immediately evaluated the area for probable food source, water source and safe place to be unseen so I could set the five traps I had available to me.”
Fry waited days for Shelby to emerge and wander into one of the traps, but she never did. She then received a call that Shelby had been spotted elsewhere, heading out into the night to forage for food. Fry sprang into action and placed a trap near where Shelby had been seen as quickly as she could, and within 45 minutes, Shelby was safely inside the trap.