When Hope For Paws, a non-profit animal rescue group based in Los Angeles, received information about a dog living all alone on a bridge above a busy freeway, they dropped everything they were doing and made their way to the scene.
The information came from L.A. on Cloud 9 – a non-profit organization based in Los Angeles dedicated to helping the homeless as well as animals, as they noticed this poor pup in desperate need of saving.
As the staff members were driving around the location trying to find the dog, they noticed a rag-like object lying on the sidewalk.
They quickly realized that that was what they were looking for.
They stopped the car and slowly got out. One of the staff members, Loreta Frankonyte, got a hamburger and decided to slowly approach the pup, offering him the yummy burger and hoping to gain his trust.
However, as she got close to the dog, he got frightened and ran away to a corner.
Knowing that the pup was easily scared, and considering that they were on one of the busiest and noisiest freeways in Los Angeles, the rescuers decided to fence the dog in, ensuring that he wouldn’t escape to the road.
Having him safe, Loreta was able to get into the fence with a leash, trying yet again to capture the pup. But, the pup was still scared, so he tried to run away again – this time, hiding beneath a cart.
Luckily, Loreta managed to put the leash around his neck and get him out to safety.
The poor pup was incredibly neglected, as his entire fur was severely matted, covering his eyes and preventing him from seeing properly.
The rescue team carefully loaded him up in their car and took him to the shelter.
At The Shelter
As soon as he arrived at the shelter, the staff immediately started shaving his heavy and dirty fur off.
Unfortunately, the pup, now named Shrimp, wasn’t really used to being in a relaxed and loving environment, so he still wasn’t able to relax.
Because they were afraid of injuring him, the staff decided to mildly sedate him.
Upon a more detailed checkup, the vets found that Shrimp had a fistula between his oral and nasal cavities.
After his haircut and checkup, it was finally bath time!
Hearing about his story, the SAFE Rescue Team decided to offer this adorable pup a warm foster home that would take care of him as he recovered.
Shrimp is now thriving in his new home full of love and adoration. And, in just a couple of weeks, he transformed into the healthiest and most playful pup ever!
All that is left to do is for him to find a loving forever home that’s going to fill his days with nothing but fun, adoration, and cuddles.
And, yummy food since mealtime is his favorite part of the day!