The rescue team found the stray in a dangerous area, so getting him to safety was paramount. They knew how these things usually went and so didn’t expect the dog to make things easy. What they didn’t see coming, though, was his strange reaction when he saw them creeping closer.
The aforementioned team was from Hope For Paws, a non-profit animal rescue group based in Los Angeles, California. The organization was founded by Audrey Hagar and her husband, Eldad, who is seen in many of the group’s rescue videos.
The organization’s website states, “We created Hope for Paws to help animals who suffer and die every year because of negligence and abuse.” And that’s exactly what called the team into action in March 2017. Someone had sighted an animal in dire need of rescue.
A Good Samaritan contacted Paws with troubling news, according to a video that the group posted to YouTube on March 8, 2017. The concerned party knew of a homeless dog living in a precarious situation. Not only was the poor pooch alone, but he was also in a dangerous area.
This was a result of where the dog had chosen to make his new home. He had settled on a spot close to a main road. Not only that, but railroad tracks and the banks of the L.A. River sandwiched the area.
According to the caller, the dog was tiny and terrified, so Paws sent out a rescue team to help. On this occasion, Hagar himself opted to attend, and asked two colleagues – Lisa Arturo and Loreta Frankonyte – to assist. And it was Arturo who spotted the dog when they arrived on the scene.
The little Chihuahua, which they subsequently decided to call Diesel, was partially hidden in the scrub – and did indeed look scared. Consequently, the Paws team didn’t want to spook him as they approached. The last thing they wanted was to risk the stray running, after all.
Hagar later described the situation in a Facebook post. “I knew that if I scare him, he will run towards the railroad tracks. Or towards the busy road, or straight into the river,” Hagar wrote. To that end, the rescue team would have to approach cautiously.
“While [Arturo] kept watch, Loreta Frankonyte and I went to the car to get our rescue gear,” Hagar explained on the video. Amongst the rescue gear was a net, which the team could use to prevent Diesel from fleeing into danger. It was important to catch him quickly.
“The area was wide open and hazardous in every direction,” Hagar continued. “So I decided it was safest to try and sneak up on him.” With this in mind, he crept towards a nearby metal barrier, in order to approach Diesel from behind.
But as Hagar crept towards Diesel, events took an unusual turn. Hagar wrote, “The strangest thing happened: [Diesel] caught me trying to sneak up, but he didn’t move!” Sure enough, the Chihuahua just watched his rescuer approach and made no attempt to escape.
Despite Diesel’s apathy, though, the Paws team still couldn’t risk him running, so Hagar used the net. Unsurprisingly, as soon as Hagar trapped Diesel, the dog went wild. But Hagar was ready for his reaction, and as the Chihuahua thrashed, Hagar hopped the barrier.
“Diesel endured ten seconds of stress so we could give a lifetime of happiness,” Hagar stated. Initially, the stray was very distressed, but he calmed down when he realized that he was amongst friends. Soon, he even allowed his rescuers to pet him.
Once they calmed Diesel down, the Paws rescue team managed to thread the trademark Lucky Leash through the net. After it was on Diesel and the pup had been secured, they lifted him out of the tangle. And Diesel looked relieved to be swept up in his saviors’ arms.
The team consequently took Diesel to a veterinary clinic, where they reported that he retrieved medical treatment. Although it’s unclear what the vet prescribed, after they’d finished with Diesel, he started the first chapter in his new life. That, of course, was finding a foster home.
Working in collaboration with another rescue group, Rescue From The Hart (RFTH), Paws found a foster mother for Diesel. For the first time in who knows how long, he was in a warm home surrounded by love. Furthermore, he had two foster siblings to play with as well!
And even more good news was on the horizon for Diesel, as RFTH subsequently indicated on its Facebook page. Annie of RFTH wrote that Diesel had a big adventure coming up, but only dropped hints about its nature at first. She revealed all, however, on July 24, 2017.
“About six weeks ago, we received a phenomenal application from Illinois to adopt Diesel,” Annie wrote. “As you know, we don’t often adopt out of area, but there was something about this family. So, we suggested that they come out to Los Angeles to meet Diesel.”
“We introduced them to all of our littles, including Diesel,” Annie continued. “When he came to us several months ago, he was so petrified of meeting new people that he would shake and bark. But what we saw when he met this family was unique: an instant connection.” So, RFTH approved the adoption.
“I’m thrilled to say that Diesel’s integration with his forever family went flawlessly,” Annie concluded. “It’s as though he was always meant to be there with them. Congrats to Diesel and his forever family! We are so excited to watch our five-pound prince to go on to live happily ever after!”