This is a detailed documentation on how we saved a beautiful stray dog.
Sightings of A Sick Dog
On the nights of 27 August 2015 and 28 August 2015, my dad and helper said that they saw a stray dog that looked exactly like the one we adopted (for those of you who do not know, we adopted a saved stray, named Elliot, from Animal Lovers League earlier in December!). They also mentioned that it was walking with a limp and it looked very sick. They initially mistook it to be a female and felt it could possible be the mother of Elliot, since Elliot was also rescued from a construction site relatively near to my home when he was a months old.
The Beginning of Our Mission
I was determined to find and save this dog. A few thoughts came to mind but I first decided to inform Animal Lovers League that I might need their assistance the moment I find this dog.
According to my helper, this dog was most commonly seen at the park nearby our home. The park was our first destination but there was no stray dog in sight. We then decided to cover some lanes nearby the park.
On the 29 August 2015, my dad and went out to search for this injured and sick stray at about 9:00 p.m. We brought a plastic bag of dog food and treats, hoping to be able to lure the dog. The search was futile, but we managed to receive much valuable information from some of the neighbours we conversed with.
We were walking aimlessly, hoping to bump into the dog by coincidence. We knew that we could not carry on like this because luck should not be the main ingredient for an accomplished mission.
We first approached the construction workers at two of the nearby construction sites. They claimed that they did not see anything. We also approached passers-by and residents who lived near the park. Through these conversations, we gathered findings that would make our search a lot easier.
A domestic helper who lives nearby the park walks her employers dogs at least four to six times a day. She mentioned that the dog is usually at the park early in the morning from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m, and in the evening from about 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. She also mentioned that she suspects that some houses in her lane feeds the dog their leftovers on a daily basis. Knowing which house feeds the dog is essential as dogs tend to return to the spot where they know food will be present. She also told us where she once saw the dog sleeping at 3:00 a.m.
A lady walking her Golden Retriever also managed to provide us with some useful information. She mentioned that this stray dog was sleeping outside her home the previous night.
I exchanged contact numbers with all of the people we talked to so that they can contact me if they see him again.
The Continuation of Our Search
On 30 August 2015, I began my search at around 6:00 a.m. After a good 45 minutes, I spotted the dog at the corner of the park. I was so happy and called my helper and dad immediately, so that they could help with the necessary preparations.