Traumatic experiences can leave dogs with visible and invisible scars. Every year, hundreds of them are abused and left without the proper love they need to to overcome a painful past. As sad as it is to think about, there are a lot of people who are willing to help them recover.
When workers from a Los Angeles-based rescue organization called Hope For Paws found a pit bull cowering in the middle of a construction site, it was clear that he had been through a disturbing experience. Rescuers knew it was going to take a massive effort if they were to gain this dog’s trust and get him to safety, but his unusual reaction to their attempts left them quite shocked.
Traumatic experiences, whatever they may be, leave deep psychological scars that sometimes take years to recover from—if they can overcome them at all.
This holds true for both humans and animals, so when volunteers from an animal rescue in LA found an abandoned dog in a dangerous area, they knew it wasn’t going to be an easy task to rescue him.
It was an early weekend morning when the Hope For Paws team received a phone call from a concerned resident who spotted a lone pit bull, named Odin, at a construction site.
They had no idea how he had ended up there, but they knew he needed help—and fast. They needed to get to the dog and get him to a safe place where he could receive treatment.
Luckily, some volunteers were nearby, so they hurried to the site with all of the necessary supplies as soon as they were summoned to help the dog in need.
When they arrived, they immediately noticed Odin’s situation. Not only was he visibly injured, but he seemed beyond terrified. He needed human intervention, and fast.
They tried coaxing him off of the site with food—a technique that usually works with dogs—but Odin wouldn’t budge. They were running out of ideas to lure him to safety. What could they do?
One of the rescuers even approached him slowly with a colorful leash to carefully slip around his neck, hoping he would respond. But as soon as it was on, they realized it was useless.
Odin stubbornly braced himself and pressed his body even closer to the ground! This rescue was going to be trickier than they thought…
The Hope For Paws volunteers tried to figure out how they could rescue Odin without traumatizing him even more. It was clear that he was going to be steer on the side of a more stubborn kind of pit bull.
They had no clue what he had been through, but whatever had happened, it caused him to lose trust in everyone around him. Suddenly, the rescue team had an idea…
One of the members remembered the cage they had put in the back of their van. They hoped that if they brought the cage out to Odin, instead of trying to bring Odin to the cage, they had a chance of getting him to safety.
The crew was a bit disappointed that, when they placed the cage in front of Odin, he still wouldn’t move. That’s when Eldad Hagar, Hope For Paws‘ founder, decided to step in and give a little push—literally.
He used all of his strength to shove the dog into the cage. It wasn’t easy, and it took a lot of patience, but eventually the task was complete and Odin was finally on the road to recovery!
Once Odin was in the cage, it took three workers to lift him and transport him into the van. Odin was whimpering loudly, unaware of what was happening to him.
It took many minutes of head scratches and talking to him gently to calm Odin down. Once he was in the back of the worker’s van, he started to slowly realize that he was being helped, much to the relief of shelter employees.
As soon as Odin arrived back at the Hope For Paws headquarters, he already seemed like a different dog. He was no longer trembling, and was actually eager to greet everyone who was a part of his rescue mission!
Odin was treated by the shelter’s veterinarian, and luckily he had a pretty clean bill of health. He clearly had some psychological wounds, but with the right amount of love and nurturing, Odin would back on track in no time!
Odin has since been adopted by a fantastic family who treats him with the respect and kindness he always deserved. This is one pup who might have put up a struggle, but it all worked out in the end!
This pit bull no longer feels fear and uncertainty. He loves to run, cuddle, and play with other dogs in his neighborhood, too.
Thank goodness Odin got the rescue that he deserved! Hopefully his story will encourage others out there to give back and help other dogs in need.
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