In this particular rescue mission, Hope For Paws, a nonprofit rescue group, responded to an email about a German Shepherd found in a landfill. Rescuers JoAnn Wiltz and Katie McKittrick drove for two hours to make it to Mojave, California, to save the dog.
Kind-hearted workers welcomed the pair when they arrived at the said landfill. They told the rescuers that there were originally three dogs. Another organization successfully secured the two smaller dogs but failed to get the German Shepherd, which lived in the landfill for over a year.
The women searched the property for the dog. After 30 minutes, JoAnn spotted it under a trailer. She tried to approach, but it clearly didn’t want anyone getting too close, so it walked away.
JoAnn and Katie devised a better plan to secure the dog. They set up a trap crate under the trailer where the animal stayed. They drove away from the area and waited patiently for the trap to work.
Hungrily, the German Shepherd went for the food inside the cage. In no time, it was safe and completely unharmed. JoAnn and Katie cautiously approached and reassured the dog that everything was going to be better now.
The rescuers loaded the crate into their vehicle and made the drive back to the city. They decided to name the male dog Andrew. They brought Andrew straight to CARES, an animal care center in LA.
Despite living in the landfill for so long, Andrew was surprisingly healthy. He didn’t need to remain at CARES so fellow rescuer, Alex Babcock, came and gave him a much-needed bath. Afterward, all three women made sure that he learned to be comfortable again around people.
Andrew continued his recovery in his foster home with LA Animal Rescue. In no time, he bounced back and began living happily again. He now looks forward to finding his forever home.