Hope for Paws to the Rescue

By Michele C. Hollow

Hope for Paws to the Rescue

Spotty, a pit bull, was the first dog Audrey and Eldad Hagar brought home from their local animal shelter. He was a watchdog that was kept in a yard with no shelter from the heat or cold. They found him malnourished, sunburned, and wearing a collar that was so tight that it had to be surgically removed.

When they opened the cage, he came bounding out, showering Audrey and Eldad with grateful kisses. With a lot of love and care, Spotty looked like a new dog. “I thought we were going to help Spotty,” says Audrey. “It was he who taught us about hope, trust and joy.”

After Spotty, Audrey and Eldad started rescuing other strays. Many of the dogs they fostered were adopted by people in the area. Their adoption network grew.

The California couple then decided to form a nonprofit 501c3 called Hope for Paws.

“Hope for Paws was created because it felt like we can do more than just foster,” says Eldad. “We want to help educate the public about the benefits of adopting strays and about properly caring for a pet because that’s how things will get solved in the long run.”

“Having a rescue group allows us to accept donations,” he continues, “and this helps us with rescuing the more difficult and expensive cases that no one wants to take. Not too many people will take home a dog with a crushed leg or a dog that needs a double knee surgery. As you know, vet bills can be really high, and we just needed some help.”

Michele C. Hollow is a journalist and author who specializes in writing about animal welfare. Her blog, Pet News and Views, covers pet care, wildlife, and people who work with and on the behalf of animals.

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