December 5, 2018

For the California-based animal rescue shelter Hope For Paws, some of their rescues are difficult enough as it is.

When they got a call about a poorly treated pup named Ocean this summer, though, that rescue required an extra element of attention—because by the time they got word of the homeless pup, the sun had already gone down, and they entered the neighborhood in the dark of night.

©YouTube Screenshot | Hope For Paws – Official Rescue Channel

A concerned neighbor called about Ocean when they spotted her out on the streets, but warned that the rescue wasn’t going to be something quick and simple. Terrified of humans, the dog would bolt any time someone tried to come near—even if it was just to bring her to somewhere safer.

Armed with that knowledge, Hope For Paws founder Eldad Hagar and fellow rescuer Loreta Frankonyte slowly approached the block by car and then split up to try corralling their new charge.

While Frankonyte kept the dog distracted with a cheeseburger, Hagar decided to use the darkness to his advantage. Sneaking up behind the dog while she was busy with the cheeseburger, Hagar used a gentle snare to keep Ocean in place before slowly leading her out of the road.

Once they got Ocean back to a hospital, it was quickly discovered that the poor dog had matted fur and she was covered in pointy foxtails; clearly, her time on the streets had been far from kind.

Luckily, they were able to get her cleaned up and taken care of in no time—and before they knew it, she had a new forever home!