Then We Heard About a New Device for Dog Capture
It’s March and we have logged Star’s nightly activities for the last two months. It had been 10 months since Star escaped. Thankfully, a warmer winter had its advantages. As the spring was nearing, we knew we had to come up with something. In speaking with another rescue person in Ohio, we found out about a humane trap that was designed specifically for canines. And one of our network vets had one! It’s called a Collarum and he let us borrow it.
We left for Illinois on March 17th. We set the Collarum in the direct path we knew Star traveled nightly. We had only one night. We sat in the house watching the cameras on the computer. Would he take the bait? At 2:30 in the morning, Star was on his usual path, headed straight for the Collarum. He immediately picked up the scent of the bait. We watched live on the computer as he tentatively approached the bait. Our hearts were beating so loud we cold barely hear. Then, he suddenly turned and walked away. He did not return that night. We went home heartbroken.
Two weeks later we tried again. It was April 1st, yes, April Fools day. Would Star make fools of us again? This time we had two nights. The Collarum was set. The first night, we didn’t see him. The “what ifs” pestered us all day until night fell again. It was 2:30 a.m. and still we did not see him. We were overcome with failure. A few minutes later, we saw him appear and approach the bait. This time he was not tentative. He pulled at the bait. WE HAD HIM! We sprinted down to the beach. He didn’t growl, bark, whine, or make any sound. He just stopped and turned into a big marshmallow in our grasp. Not wanting to take a chance of him getting away, we carried a crate down to the beach. Star willingly went into the crate. We carried the crate up the sandy bluff and loaded him into the car. Star was captured on April 3, 2012 at 2:37 am.
Safe At Long Last
Unbelievably, after 10 months of 600 mile round trips, thousands of dollars spent on capture equipment, including sleeping bags, cameras, custom-made pen, net gun, not to mention gas and oil for the vehicle, WE FINALLY GOT STAR BACK! Remarkably, his weight was not terrible. He had some fleas and ticks. He was filthy and matted, but he was alive. He survived so many significant threats from cars, coyotes, hypothermia, thin ice, starvation and illness.
When you stop to think of it, this story is not just a story of a remarkable dog. It’s also a story of the remarkable resolve of a group of volunteers in general and of two women in particular, who never gave up. And because of Golden Treasures rescue, Star has beaten the odds. He is currently in quarantine, but we have a permanent home waiting to help him get on with his life.
Golden Treasures spent what we felt was the maximum amount of money we could on Star’s rescue, without jeopardizing our treasury so that we could continue rescuing other dogs. We then reached into our own pockets to continue our efforts. Our volunteers aren’t looking for reimbursement, but our treasury could use a boost. Please visit our website here.
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