Here’s an inspiring story out of Los Angeles about a 1-year-old female Husky dog – found and presumed abandoned – at a trash dump. She was rescued by a dedicated animal lover named Eldad Hagar of Hope for Paws Animal Rescue Organization. Found in deplorable condition, her life begins to change for the better.
A Good Samaritan named Daniel observed a grungy dog walking by the railroad tracks at a nearby trash dump. He followed her to where she was apparently living. Snapping some photos, he texted them to Hope for Paws in an attempt to get the sad dog rescued. “I’m sure many others must have seen her, but no one attempted to help until Daniel,” said Eldad Hager, Co-founder of Hope for Paws.
Responding to the tip, Eldad visited the dump site and found the dog he later named Miley laying down on some filthy cushions amongst the trash heap of old bicycle tires, telephone poles, discarded auto parts and much other unwanted debris. Covered with severe mange, she appeared resigned to her fate. Eldad had been told she had been surviving there for several months. He spent more than an hour with her, giving her food and gaining her trust.
Watch the video and see how gingerly she takes the food from Eldad’s hand. Only a dog with a gentle soul would act so tentative when presented with fresh food while starving. When she allowed Eldad to put a leash around her neck, she eventually walked to his car for a life-saving visit to a veterinary hospital. Miley not only had a serious case of mange but she suffered from parasites, bacterial infections and malnutrition.
After many medicated baths and antibiotics for her infections, Miley began to heal. Eventually, she started responding to human compassion, giving Eldad sweet kisses. Yet, still, she guarded her spirit. Eventually she responded to another canine victim of neglect, a Chihuahua named Frankie.
Next Page: Frankie’s Story
Frankie was discovered in a drainpipe under a large and very busy highway, and was eventually rescued by Hope for Paws. Frankie is also a young pup, maybe a year or two, who weighs only three pounds! As you can imagine, he was also quite traumatized from his experience on the run.
Eldad was assisted in Frankie’s rescue by Lisa Chiarelli, a long time volunteer. They decided to name the tiny Chihuahua Frankie, after one of Lisa’s pit bulls. Eventually Lisa fostered Little Frankie and he is known as a real ladies man in her household. Watch Frankie and Frankie play together.
Miley and Frankie
Miley loves to play with other dogs and when she met Frankie, they became best buds. She gave comfort and took the little guy under her wing to protect him. To Frankie, Miley was a soft and snuggly pillow.
When the video Eldad posted of Miley’s rescue started to hit viral status – it currently has close to 9 million views on YouTube — many people commented that Miley and Frankie should be adopted together.
However, Eldad explained to Care2 the difference in size and playful temperament of the two dogs does not make it safe for Frankie. “Miley will play for three hours, then want to play for three more,” said Eldad “while Frankie likes to play for 3 minutes, then wants to rest.”
Just the size of Miley’s paws could cause serious injury for Frankie if Miley became unintentionally overzealous during some delightful play time. Big Frankie (yes, the pit bill) is intuitively more gentle when playing with little Frankie and they co-exist well together.
Hope for Paws has received 500 applications to date for Miley, so no more applications for her are being accepted at this time. Miley is currently in foster care through one of Hope for Paws’ collaborating rescue groups, Fuzzy Pet Foundation and doing very well. She has another month or so of treatment before she is ready to go to her new forever home, which will allow enough time to sort through the applications.
Frankie needed surgery for a birth defect on his penis, from which he is currently healing. He has a meet up with a potential adoptive family very soon and will be cherished no matter what his final destination.
About Hope for Paws
Eldad has a knack for marketing the rescued animals he saves. His YouTube channel is full of tender and emotional rescues of abandoned creatures around Los Angeles and other parts of California. His Facebook page also abounds with details of many of the rescued animals he and his wife, Audrey, have saved in the last five years.
“None of my videos have gone viral like Miley’s,” Eldad said. Soon Miley will be interviewed with her foster family on CBS “Inside Edition.” Delighted with the global interest in Miley’s story, Eldad is very grateful for all the media attention because the donations coming in will help him continue his selfless work in animal rescue.
Hope for Paws runs a free spay/neuter clinic and have served thousands of animals. “Our goal is to educate people on the importance of companion animals in our society to stop the cycle of animal neglect and abuse,” according to the organization’s website.
Social media… how powerful it is!
All photos by David Miller Studios used with permission