Cat Trappers Have Perfect Recipe for Catching Bedraggled Dog

When volunteers at Richland Animal Rescue learned of a frightened, bedraggled dog living in the shadows of their Michigan community, they decided to call in the big guns…the cat trappers.

Feral cat volunteers who specialize in trapping wild cats for spay and neuter log a lot of time in parking lots and alleyways. It can take many hours for the felines to come around so cat trappers, usually armed with a cup of coffee in one hand and a cell phone in the other, simply watch and wait. It can be pitch black, below zero or 100 degrees in the shade, but trappers have a reputation for staying on site until the job gets done. There are many tricks of the craft, including sometimes disguising the trap to look like a part of the natural environment or using special blends of aromatic bait to lure in even the most resistant of cats, but for this lucky dog, all it took was a little patience and a whole lot of luck.

The dog hears volunteers behind a fence and is flushed out of the hiding spot.

When the matted white dog was spotted, she heard volunteers moving about behind a fence and fled from her hiding spot. She headed right toward the drop trap. She took the bait fairly quickly and, before long, was being soothed through the mesh of the trap by volunteers preparing to handle her.

Now for those of you who tend to worry, rest assured that no one broke the news to this little dog that she’d been caught in a device created for the capture of felines. It’s bad enough that she was crawling with fleas and a filthy matted coat. No sense in denting her dignity any further.

This darling video shows the uplifting rescue of the little dog, now named Lexi. She was brought in to the clinic and soon assumed a very pretty appearance once she was groomed and put a little weight on.

Lexi has been welcomed into a new family and enjoys spending time with her new buddy Mooshie. Her rescue exemplifies the power of the volunteer community in dramatically altering the lives of strays. If you have a special rescue story to share, please visit The Great Animal Rescue Chase to share your story.

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Carrie-Anne Brown

great article and video, thanks for sharing :)

Jeannie Fuchs
Jeannie Fuchs2 years ago

Awe another beautiful story

Julie B.
Julie B.2 years ago

Thanks to the PETCO FOUNDATION, the HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES and a GENEROUS DONOR IN OHIO, we have the equipment to make a difference and get skilled trappers in the field saving lives through trap-neuter-return/rescue (TNR).

TNR VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES OPEN IF YOU LIVE IN SW MI: Richland Animal Rescue is expanding its humane trapping program and coalition building by gearing up to train more caring trappers. If you are interested in volunteering for this program, please send in your contact info to

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Fiona T.
Fi T.2 years ago

I wish more animals are helped

Waheeda S.
Waheeda S.2 years ago

Yay for rescuing her! Loved the little tongue in cheek commentary about the trap being meant for kitties. :)

Valentina R.
Valentina R.2 years ago

She looks like a pure-bred Maltese. Glad she was saved. Cat trappers have a very hard job to do.

Lynne B.
Lynne B.2 years ago

Thank you all for your dedication and care. Who could not look into those eyes and not want to help.

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Sandy Nichols
Sandy Nichols2 years ago

This story and video watching it was very sad for me. I lost my little angel after 13 years. I cannot imagine that anyone would let a Maltese just run. I would've done anything for my angel. And yes Tony was a Maltese and looked just like Lexi. I'm so glad that now Lexi can have a home and a family. thank you for the story.

Barbara B.2 years ago

love hearing positive stories like this, keep sharing because you never know who you will inspire