Dog Left To Die In Scorching Desert Was Too Scared To Let Rescuers Near Her
Months ago, a few women on a drive noticed a dog who had been abandoned in the middle of the desert in California.
They began coming by to feed her, but she was too scared to let them get close enough to rescue her. Temperatures in that area could reach 107 degrees on some days, and the white German shepherd had an extremely thick coat.
The homeless dog needed help, and fast.
The women reached out to the rescue organization Hope for Paws to ask for help. By the time they got involved, many measures had already been attempted to save the dog, later named Venus. Animal control and humane traps had been set out. With the insane temperatures and Venus running dangerously close to a busy road, they were running out of options - and time.
As a last resort, Hope for Paws brought someone with them to attempt to tranquilize Venus so that they could get her to safety. A mobile vet unit was brought so they would have all of the resources to care for her as soon as possible.
As soon as Venus had been shot with the tranquilizer, her rescuers ran over to help her. Venus was terrified and thrashed around before collapsing. Then she was finally able to be brought out of the desert.
After she was checked out in the mobile vet unit, everyone headed to a hotel for the night. Sometime after arriving, Venus woke up ... and was, understandably, still frightened.
"She was unhappy when she woke up in the hotel room, running around the room and jumping on everything, trying to gain her bearings," Lisa, a volunteer with Hope for Paws, told The Dodo. "She even tried to jump through the closed window a few times."
Eldad Hagar, founder of Hope for Paws, stayed with Venus all night, attempting to gain her trust. She had been alone for so long that suddenly being safe with so many people was jarring to her.
The next morning, the women who had been feeding Venus for months came to have breakfast with her, and that's when she really started to relax. "She was calm and was letting people pet her. She just knew that we were there to help her even though she was still resistant," Lisa said. "We were telling her everything was going to be OK and that she never had to suffer again."
Finally, it was time to say goodbye to the women who had helped Venus for all those months and make the journey back to Los Angeles.
Venus had all her vitals checked out by a vet, and was soon placed in a loving foster home through Coastal German Shepherd Rescue. She's now thriving in her foster home with two other German Shepherds - but is still searching for her loving forever home.
"She definitely really latches on to the person that she's with," Lisa said. "She's the kind of dog that will be really loyal to her owner and only have eyes for you."
Check out the full video of the amazing rescue below:
If you would be interested in adopting Venus, you can contact Coastal German Shepherd Rescue for more information.
If you'd like to add another pet to your family, you can check out Adopt-a-Pet.com to get started.