When someone goes through a traumatic experience, it can mentally scar them for quite some time. Besides being physically injured, the psychological damage that’s inflicted can be even worse.
This hold true for animals as much as for people. 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, luckily there are a lot people who are willing to help them recover.
When workers from Los Angeles-based rescue organization Hope For Paws found a pit bull named Odin cowering in the middle of a construction site, it was clear that he had been through a traumatizing experience. He refused to move and was shaking nervously. Rescuers knew it was going to take a massive effort if they were to gain Odin’s trust and get him to safety…
Traumatic experiences, whatever they may be, leave deep psychological scars that sometimes take years for the person to recover—if they can overcome them at all. This holds true for both humans and animals, so when rescuers from Hope For Paws animal rescue in Los Angeles found a traumatized dog cowering in a construction site, 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 dangerous construction site. They had no idea how he had ended up there, but they knew he needed help—and fast.
Luckily, some volunteers were nearby, so they hurried to the construction site to help. When they arrived, they immediately noticed Odin’s situation. They tried coaxing him off of the site with food—a technique that usually works with dogs—but Odin wouldn’t budge. What could they do?
One of the workers then approached him slowly and carefully slipped a leash around his neck, hoping he would respond. 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. They had no idea what he had been through, but whatever had happened, it caused him to lose trust in everyone around him. Suddenly, one of the workers had an idea…
One of the workers had a cage 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. It was worth trying, they thought.
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 Odin 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.
Once Odin was in the cage, it took three workers to lift him and transport out of the construction site. Odin was whimpering loudly, unaware of what was happening to him. He most likely thought he was returning to the life of trauma he had escaped from.
It took many minutes of head scratches and talking to him gently to finally 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 he was a different dog. He was no longer trembling, and he actually seemed eager to greet all of the people who had been 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 be able to forget about his past experiences and embrace his new freedom!
Odin has since been adopted by a fantastic family who treats him the respect and kindness he had always deserved. He no longer feels fear and uncertainty. He loves to run, cuddle, and play with other dogs in his neighborhood, too. Way to go, Odin!
Hope For Paws is an outstanding organization, and Odin’s rescue once again proves it. Keep up the great work, guys!
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