Homeless Dreadlock Dog Gets Second Chance

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.

240 comments

Sheila S.
Sheila S.6 months ago

Glad I made it through the teary part to see the amazing and happy transformation. I've been viewing Hope for Paws rescue videos for quite some time, as part of the fund-raising efforts of ACTU Animaux's website. After reading Kamia's comment, I googled the organization. It appears that Hilary Hanson, News Editor of The Huffington Post, frequently posts stories of their rescues. I would think that she'd be aware of any foul play on their part, so I'm trusting the videos. Hope that gives you some peace of mind, Kamia!

Kamia T.
Kamia T.about a year ago

I was online this past month, checking out all the charities I support, to make sure they are using the donations well, and found a long list of allegations of unsavory activities against Hope for Paws, including the abandonment at shelters and kennels of a number of dogs by a rather wide range of people. So now I don't know what to think. I'm glad the dog was rescued, but wonder what it's true future was or is.

Dagmar Bajinski
Dagmar B.1 years ago

Oh, and I forgot those wonderful neighbours, who didn't even bother to get help for the unfortunate dog, they are not much better than his former "family". Shame on them, heartless vermin!

Dagmar Bajinski
Dagmar B.1 years ago

I couldn't watch the video, the article alone brought tears to my eyes. I'm so glad they could help the poor little dog. I admire those rescuers, they are great people. Hats off! And as for these worthless waste of oxygen, his previous owners, I wish for them that their life will be miserable and unhappy. Disgusting creeps, they don't deserve a happy life!

Christine Franks
Christine Franks1 years ago

Hope for Paws is such a wonderful organization!!! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! And those that left Theo behind - I can't express in words what I hope happens to you!!! HINT - you are not alive at the end of it.

Erin H.
Erin H.1 years ago

Interesting article and video, thank you!

Nicolas Nasrallah

PEOPLE WHO LEAVE THEIR PETS BEHIND TO FEND FOR THEMSELVES ARE NOTHING BUT HEARTLESS AND SELFISH. PETS ARE NOT FURNITURE THEY ARE LIVING BREATHING BEINGS THAT DEPEND ON US. IF YOU CANNOT COMMIT DON'T GET A PET, GET A PEICE OF FURNITURE WITH NO HEART OR FEELINGS .

Michael J.
Michael Jackson1 years ago

I wept at the scene of little Theo, leaning against the pillow, exhausted after his ordeal. I don't think I have ever been so moved at the sight of a rescue animal after he had been given safe haven. I pray little Theo find a "furever" home, filled with love and toys and friends and playmates and comfort. Bless those wonderful people who rescued him.

Cat Seye
Cat simpson1 years ago

Humans, some are so good and kind, some all stages of horrible! You see how he was terrified by being left, people probably chasing him away, none of the neighbors bothered to help even though they knew he was left! How muvhn do they suck! Same situations all over! The few who do help, bless them, it takes more people stepping up, animals should never be told we can not help you. It is awful here that ius what most are told. The world the way it is, is a sad sad place for most! Thank you for helping!

Diana Hudspeth
Diana Hudspeth1 years ago

This dog took me back 12 years to a dog I rescued that looked much like this one. Her hair was matted just like that. Rescued dogs like this one make fantastic loyal pets. Because they are grateful for the love they've found. Adopt this dog soon- there will be a happy ending.