This video will tug at your heartstrings.
Earlier this month in Compton, California, Eldad Hagar, the founder of Hope for Paws, was alerted to a dog that looked more like a dirty mop than an an animal. The poor dog was as heavily ladened with dreadlocks as it seemingly was with fear and hopelessness. Apparently, the dog’s previous owners had moved and left him behind.
When Eldad first approached the rag mop pup, it ran away in terror. After quite a chase and the unfortunate, but necessary use of a noose, Eldad finally captures the dog.
Once captured, the poor dog reacts hysterically, like a wild animal caught in a trap. Eldad coaxes the dog to calm down and to show that his outstretched hand is one that will deliver love not pain. Eldad is finally able to calm the dog and you can visibly see the pup melt with exhaustion – and hope that his ordeal is finally over.
The dog, who is named Theo, is given a medical exam and an overdue grooming, which basically entailed shaving off every last dirty dreadlock off his little frame. The dog who emerges looks nothing like the dog captured in the noose just hours before.
Theo is then handed over to The Mutt Scouts – an organization that collaborates with Hope For Paws, where he undergoes an extraordinary transformation with his new foster family. It is indeed hard to believe that the dog at the beginning of the video is the same dog at the end playing happily with his new pit bull friend.
Hope for Paws is truly the right name for the organization that sees value in dogs and cats others have discarded as worthless. Thank you Eldad, Hope for Paws and Mutt Scouts for making the world a better – and more hopeful place.