What could be more heartbreaking than to see an animal in pain? Many rescuers see these things on a daily basis, but their hard work always pays off towards the end. Hope for Paws is one of those rescue groups created to rescue stray animals and help rehabilitate them. After the team received a call about a dog, they rushed to the site as soon as possible. Are you ready to hear this roller coaster of a story?
It Was Cowering Beneath a Car
Hope for Paws received the call on a rainy morning. The person said that the stray dog looked like it was a German Shepherd mix. They found the dog alone beneath a car. It seemed to be avoiding humans too!
Try To Lure The Dog Out
Loreta Frankonyte and Eldad Hagar were the members of the team that got sent to the scene. They went there after buying a cheeseburger. Eldad is actually the founder of their organization. Hope for Paws takes on missions and helps out animals in distress.
Avoiding Contact With Humans
The dog was using a large van to avoid humans as much as she could. It was clear that she was scared and unwilling to get out of that spot. Loreta edged closer and showed the dog that they had food.
Proceed With Caution
Loreta did not want to scare the dog away, which was why she did it cautiously and slowly. She hoped that the dog would not run away in fear. The two rescuers hoped the help the poor dog, but they also had to ensure that she would not react in a violent way.
No, Thank You
Loreta approached the huge but terrified dog. As she did so, the poor creature began to cry like a human would. There was absolutely no doubt that she was fearful. It looked homeless and scared of people.
Never Heard Something Like It
You will find this caption on the YouTube video posted by the organization: “At first we thought she was hurt but she cried because she was so scared.” If you want to watch the video and hear her for yourself, the title is ‘Homeless German Shepherd cries like a human! I have never heard anything like this!!!’
Slowly But Surely
Even though the dog did not seem interested in the cheeseburger, she ended up crying less after some time. She eventually took a bit of the cheeseburger and appeared to calm down a little. However, she had yet to completely stop crying. Loreta still felt worried about this hound.
None of them knew anything about this dog. They had no idea if it was going to attack out of fear. Loreta had to be especially careful and prioritize her safety more than anything else. She might have wanted to lend this dog a hand, but it would be impossible if she were to get harmed.
Taking Baby Steps
Loreta had to be brave and patient if she wanted to help the hound. What made it even more important was that the dog was pretty big as well. This was going to make things even harder if she acted violently.
The pair needed to come up with a way to lure it out of there but keep their safety in check at the same time. A lot of organizations that handle animals have a tool that makes it easier to capture any of them. We are talking about a long role with a hole at the tip that is supposed to go around the head of the dog.
It is not rare to hear about dogs that attacked humans after getting too close. In reality, the canines only do this because they are scared of us. The only way they know to keep themselves safe would be to react in such a manner when they feel like they are in danger.
They had a plan in mind when they bought that cheeseburger with them. It was meant to serve as a bait of sorts to lure in the dog. Do you think their idea was going to work on this poor creature? Let’s see.
Not Interested In Her Cheeseburger
It was odd for the terrified dog to back down and go underneath the vehicle even though they had food with them. In their experience, an animal typically overcame its fear if there was food in the equation.
Scared & Wary
The dog was so wary and scared of people that it could ignore her hunger! Most animals would have made a dash for the food right away. Even we would have had! Loreta was shocked that the dog turned down the food.
Much Longer Than They Expected
We bet that this rescue mission would have been so much easier if the dog was slightly more trusting. While the pair was determined to get it over with, they knew that they would not use force to do it.
Trying To Help
Loreta attempted to put a lasso around the neck of the dog but let go as soon as she saw the reaction it earned. It was clear that the dog was totally scared of and confused by what was going on.
Loreta did not want to scare this poor dog even more than she already was. When she got rid of the lasso, the pooch ran away. It was time to try out a different method. They had to come up with something else if they wanted to successfully finish the rescue mission.
Looking For A Safe Spot
The German Shepherd mix was under the impression that she was going to be safe between the buildings behind the car. However, Eldad was quick to act and used a net to cover the containers.
Bringing Her To Safety
There was no choice for the dog but to come out sooner or later. When she did, Loreta and Eldad were going to be there and bring her to safety. Of course, it was now a matter of time. Just how long was it going to take? The pair decided to clear the rest of their schedule that day to help out this creature.
There For The Long Run
Eldad had been guarding one of the exits, while Loreta was there to secure the other one. As they tried to talk to the poor dog, he made sure to film the mission using his phone. Both rescuers were filled with determination to help her regardless of how much time it was going to take.
She Continued To Whine And Cry
The poor dog kept whining. What could be sadder than to hear a dog cry like that? After a little while, however, she started to listen to Loreta. The rescuer coaxed her into coming out and going up to them.
The dog kept her huge ears low. It felt like this was her way of showing Loreta that she truly felt scared at that moment. They let the dog take its time to calm down. After this, she looked less terrified!
After they calmed her down, Loreta managed to place the snare around her neck. While the dog was still acting a little jittery, it was a relief that they finally placed the lasso on her. The only thing they had to do after this was to bring her to the vet.
They gently and slowly coaxed the dog out of her hiding spot. They did not want to scare her again after everything. The dog moved but did so slowly. Loreta and Eldad were patient and gave her a lot of time. They wanted her to go at her own pace.
They tried to reassure the dog as much as they could. Loreta and Eldad stayed patient and gave her words of encouragement. You should keep in mind that dogs can also be fragile every now and then.
Coaxing Her Out Of There
They wanted to call the adorable pooch Rain. After all, they got to know her on a rainy morning! Even though she still had her tail hidden between her legs, they were still making a lot of progress with her.
At last, Eldad and Loreta were able to get her out of her hiding spot. Despite this, they could see that the do was still scared. It was not just her tail, but also the way that she kept quivering and crying.
Finally Making Progress
Slowly, Eldad added one more gentle leash to keep them safe. He petted her head to show her that she was going to be safe as well. She did not refuse his touch and did not seem to mind going to the cage!
Loreta and Eldad took their time, but Rain appeared to be unsettled and scared. Every once in a while, the pair would be convinced that she was already calm. However, Rain would then yelp in distress and run off while crying some more.
After a little while, Rain let Eldad pet her gently. It was a huge step forward since she did not let them anywhere near her in the beginning. While she still appeared apprehensive and cautious, she allowed the duo to bring her to the car.
They slowly went over to the car. Rain might have been going along with them but just barely. It was clear that she still felt uneasy. She kept yelping and acting jumpy, probably thinking they would hurt her.
At long last, Loreta and Eldad managed to go to the cage that they planned to put her in. They had to bring Rain to the vet to check if she was injured. On top of that, she was in desperate need of a bath.
Seeing A Friendly Face
The person who made the call is a lady by the name of Carey Linnell. She was posted by the cage and held it open. After seeing her there, the dog did not enter the cage. She went down on all fours before she slid beneath Carey’s arms.
It looked like Rain was already familiar with her. Not just that, but the dog must have trusted this lady as she did not mind her touch. The hound went up to her willingly! Did she know that Carey asked for help?
Help However They Could
To Loreta and Eldad, it seemed like Rain was trying to show Carey her gratitude. It was a sight that touched their hearts. The pair did not lose hope the whole time either. They were willing to do everything in their power if it meant helping this dog! Of course, Carey also felt that way.
They Couldn’t Believe it
Rain probably just wanted to make sure that everything was going to be fine. After that, she shocked all of them by going into the cage of her own accord. They were shocked at how much progress she made!
Getting In The Cage
It was a surprise to see her go into the cage without forcing her. The dog looked more at ease inside. Maybe she felt safer in small spaces. No matter what it was, she finally seemed to have calmed down.
Checking It Out
It could have been the pillows there or the sight of Carey. At any rate, Eldad and Loreta were glad to see that she was feeling better. She started to sniff around and looked at the people who rescued her.
As soon as Rain was in the cage, she was the calmest that they had ever seen her. She was no longer crying and seemed to have settled down. Loreta was shocked by the huge difference she was showing.
In fact, the dog was slightly smiling and wagging her tail a little. It was like she finally understood that help was on the way. Things were indeed going to be better for her! The rescuers wondered what could have happened to Rain in the past to make her as scared of humans as she was.
After they brought the cage inside the car, the dog looked very curious. Rain continued to investigate her surroundings and look around. What a relief it was to see that she was much calmer. Rain probably knew that she was safer when inside a cage.
Rain Got A Burger And A Bath
Rain also got to enjoy the cheeseburger at last. She was even wagging her tail a little. Now that she was safe and calm, it was time to bring her to the get. This dog deserved a lot of TLC, a day at the doggy spa, and cuddles courtesy of Loreta.
Becoming A New Dog
After a few tests and some grooming, it was time for this dog to start a new part of her life. After all, every dog in the world deserves a chance to get a loving home and a family to keep her safe from harm.
She Enjoyed The Attention
It was hard to believe that this was the same scared pooch that they met that morning. After giving her a bath and cuddles, she looked like a whole new dog. By then, she knew that these people were kind.
A New Dog
They could tell that this was her first spa treatment. Rain clearly loved it! The suds ran down her nose, so she welcomed the gentle hands of the “masseuse,” as well as the warm water. What was the end result of the makeover going to be like?
Re-Learning The Ropes
Not only did the rescuers have zero ill intentions, but they wanted the best for her. They knew that she used to be a pet even if she had no chip. Rain must have known what it was like to live with a family.
Getting Used To TLC
They saw that she was relearning the ropes. It must have been a while since a human being took care of her. Otherwise, there would have been no way she would be this trusting and happy in no time at all!
After they gave her a bath and cleaned her up, the dog wanted to snuggle up and relax with Loreta. Just like that, she was behaving like a totally different creature. It only took a few hours after bringing her to the vet for Rain to turn into such a sweet little dog.
In only a matter of hours, Rain was able to readjust and relax. It was shocking to see just how different she was from the moment they met her. Can you believe that it only took a cheeseburger and a nap to turn her into this? Loreta was stunned by how sweet she was acting after realizing she was in no danger.
New Starts For Rain
This is not the end of the story just yet! Two weeks after that, someone wanted to know more about her. Could this be her chance to finally go to her forever home? We sure hope so since she deserves it!
A Happy And Loving Dog
After a few days, Rain was able to impress everyone by her progress. It seemed impossible that she was the same dog they saw at the parking lot, but here we are. She was now hopping around just like a deer!
She shook paws with all the folks who rubbed her belly and scratched behind her ears. Rain might have been the happiest pup they have ever seen! After two weeks, it was time for her to start a new chapter.
A Different Rescuer Fell In Love With Her
Two weeks after Rain was saved, Loreta joined a different animal rescuer on a quest to help out another stray. Her colleague is called Allison Dunbar. After going to Hope for Paws, Allison fell in love with Rain!
A Perfect Opportunity
It felt perfect for Rain to go home with an animal rescuer. Without a doubt, she was going to be in for a lifetime of happiness and love! She was clearly going to feel safe and warm with Allison. If you ask us, there is no better person to look after a dog than a rescuer.
Allison already had a fur baby at home, so it was important for her to ensure that the dogs would get along. She needed to check if Rain was going to be a good fit in her home. But what happened when she brought her pet dog to meet Rain? Well, everything worked out for her in the end!
She Fit Right In
Allison did not treat Rain any differently than she treated Ernie. This definitely helped Rain feel more at home right away. Allison knew that she did the right thing because the new addition to the family was able to acclimatize in record time! She also promised to give Rian a great future.
Her New Home
Yes, Rain found her forever home with Allison. Aside from her new human pal, she also earned a sibling by the name of Ernie! The Dunbar family decided to change her name to match her personality as well.
Now Sassy Pants Dunbar
Rain has blossomed into a bright and sunny dog with a great personality. This was the reason they called her ‘Sassy Pants Dunbar.’ We agree that this was a perfect match for her. What a good choice, you guys!
Sassy Pants was more than thrilled to explore her new house. She could not help but to run around and sniff at every single thing there. Allison could not be happier to provide a forever home for this dog!
Allison also took to her Instagram page to post, “Introducing……Sassy Pants Dunbar. Rescued off the streets of South Central by @hopeforpawsrescue. (They called her Rain b/c they found her crying in the rain). Heartbreaking backstory for this senior girl. But I’m gonna make it all up to her.”
Her Life Was Changed
Sassy Pants did not only change Allison’s life, but Allison also returned the favor by changing everything for Sassy Pants! Only a few weeks before the adoption, this poor dog was terrified of humans. We are glad that she is now fine and living with someone who loves her. On top of that, she has a furry pal too!
Spending Some Time Together
Sassy Pants was the best addition to the family. There was Ernie, her big brother, who taught her a lot and enjoyed spending time with her. Truly, it is hard to fathom how this energetic dog was the same one that Eldad and Loreta found quivering in the parking lot!
Ernie And Sassy
Sassy Pants has gotten a lot of fame after the story made rounds online. She is much happier now that she is with Allison and Ernie. She loves her older brother and can nuzzle against him for days on end.
Sassy Pants Is Funny
Aside from being one of the greatest cuddlers Allison knows, Sassy Pants might also be the silliest dog in all of history. There has not been a day in which Sassy Pants failed to make Allison laugh. Among other hilarious things she does, Sassy Paints apparently likes to sit in the shower.
There is nothing that Sassy Pants loves more than playtime and horsing around the house. She becomes very happy to just roll around the carpet! Allison could not get over how ridiculous her fur baby was after she felt at ease in the house.
No Longer Scared
When they first found Sassy Pants, she had been terrified of every single thing. Known as Rain in those days, it was truly magical to see just how much she has transformed. Truly, all you need is love!
Sassy Pants has become known for shaking people’s hands. She likes to get a lot of pets and is willing to do anything to get more! In an effort to persuade people to keep doing it, she would shake their hands. You will be happy to know that this has proven to be a very effective little trick.
Full Of Love
There is one more thing that Sassy Pants now likes to do. She likes to show her love to anyone who goes through the door of their home. You can get unlimited cuddles and kisses from this energetic little dog!
International Dog Day
During the International Dog Day, Allison Dunbar made everyone go “aww” when she posted this photo on Instagram. She accompanied the picture of her with the dogs at the beach with this caption: “Happy #internationaldogday from Ernest and Sassypants!”
Who says that only kids can dress up for Halloween? Mind you, Ernie and Sassy came prepared with costumes as well! We could not help but squeal after seeing this Instagram photo. In the caption, Allison wrote, “Sassy And Ernie Are Serious About Halloween.”
Ernie and Allison welcomed Sassy with warmth. They were prepared to make her their newest family member. Allison went on Instagram to gush about her new pet and said, “Sassy Pants was a severely abused senior when we adopted her 3 months ago. She hid the first week we brought her home. But now she knows that life can be FUN and there are good people everywhere!”
As a matter of fact, people who met Sassy Pants fell in love with her right away. Allison explained, “I brought these jokers on a bank errand today and Sassy even walked up to a stranger for pats. All it took was LOVE ( and Ernie showing her the ropes).”
Allison had plenty of work to do, so she did the responsible thing by signing her fur babies up for a dog-walking program. After all, it was important to keep them active for the same of their health. The pups were welcomed by the Dog Walking & Pet Sitting company with open arms. Their greeting said, “A Big Welcome To Ernie The Noodle And Sassy Pants… Our Two New Wigglebutts.”
Sassy Pants Isn’t Alone
Sassy Pants is not the only dog who is living in constant fear out on the streets with no one to look after them. If you ever spot a terrified dog walking on its own, the best thing to do would be to ask for help!
Help Where You Can
This might be what the dog needs to turn its life around. Just look at how Hope for Paws was able to save Rain. The key here is to remember that you can always help someone, dog or human, change for the better!
Changing A Life
Most of the time, it only takes help, love, and trust to do such a thing. That was what happened to Sassy Pants Dunbar, formerly known as Rain. Initially filled with sadness and fear, her true personality shone through after being blessed with kindness!
What Is Hope For Paws?
Let us talk more about the organization that helped Rain: Hope for Paws. It is a non-profit animal rescue group that was founded and is based in Los Angeles. It was launched by founders Audrey and Eldad Hagar in 2008. The team helps out animals in danger through abandonment and abuse. They were able to help Rain and other poor animals in need.