A dog saved from the dangers of the controlled-access highway? Stray dogs face different dangers on the streets. One risk is vehicle traffic. Getting hit while passing a high-speed vehicular traffic is a grave threat, especially for those strays that don’t know where they are.
Eldad Hagar and Audrey Spilker faced this danger responding to a call for rescue. Hilary Barraford immediately contacted Hope For Paws when she spotted a dog on the 101 freeway on-ramp. Hilary understood how dangerous the situation was for the dog or any animal for that matter.
Upon arriving at the scene, Eldad approached the dog, but the terrified animal kept his distance. He didn’t want to startle the pooch and have it run towards the passing vehicles. Eldad continued walking towards the freeway, hoping he could block the dog from going in that direction in case it took off.
Eldad slowly walked towards the dog in hopes of securing it. Frightened, the pooch started to leave, fortunately going away from the freeway. Eldad crossed the road and let the pup get comfortable with him at a distance.
After some time, Eldad thought the dog got comfortable enough for him to approach. As he crossed the street, however, the pup took off. It luckily went away from the freeway, but instead ran towards oncoming traffic.
Eldad did not give up and followed the dog. Thankfully, staying on the sidewalk, the pup stopped running after half a mile. Eldad got the chance to feed the pooch and further gain its trust. He called Audrey from down the street so she can help secure the dog.
Audrey’s presence got the dog to relax, and it allowed the rescuers to feed it by hand. They confirmed that the pup is a girl and named her Faith. Eldad got to put a Lucky Leash on her while she ate, and the rescuers succeeded in getting Faith off the street.
Eldad and Audrey brought Faith to SPOT for grooming. Faith looked unrecognizable after getting her matted fur removed. Hilary took Faith in as a foster, helping the pooch fully recover. The dog was saved with the help of the Bill Foundation, Faith hopes to finally find her forever home.