Senior dogs need just as much love, if not more, as puppies do.
When the Los Angeles-based Hope for Paws animal rescue organization received a call about a stray senior dog living at a water treatment facility, rescue founder Eldad Hagar and volunteers Lisa Arturo and JoAnn Wiltz hopped in the car and went to investigate.
When they arrived at the scene, they quickly discovered that this rescue scenario had an added element of difficulty in that there were open tanks of hazardous chemicals very near the dog. This forgotten senior citizen had clearly been on his own for a while, and was wary of his approaching rescuers. He had no idea life was about to change.
Arturo used bits of cheeseburger to coax the dog toward them and away from the chemical tanks. In spite of the food offerings, though, the dog was still reluctant to come close enough, so Hagar devised plan B: a capture from above.
In a matter of minutes, this sweet old guy had a leash around his neck and a dignified new name befitting his leonine appearance: Mufasa. Watch Mufasa's heartwarming rescue here:
After being bathed, neutered, microchipped, and treated for intestinal parasites, Mufasa was a totally different dog, and well on his way to better days. He soon scored himself a cushy foster home and a new friend at Lionel's Legacy, a rescue specializing in senior dogs.
Mufasa's story is yet another example of how rescue changes precious lives, and how senior animals are especially vulnerable to the harsh realities of life on the streets.
Thinking about expanding your pack? Consider adopting a senior dog. Learn more about the benefits of adopting an adult pet here.
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