From the left: Gabriella, Sydney & Matilda (Rescued yesterday)

This rescue story brings different emotions. It stated with sadness and anger, and continued with happiness. Please make sure to read until the end, and leave me a comment below if you would want to see the video of their rescue.


Last night, 10 P.M, I got an email that was forwarded to me from The Bill Foundation. The email told the story about a mom (Gaia) with a broken leg who was abandoned in the middle of nowhere three months ago, and it also tells the story of the three babies she gave birth to around the same time she was dumped.


For three month, two women fed them daily, brought them fresh water, but couldn't capture the mom, so they didn't attempt to capture the babies. Sadly, they didn't know where to turn for help.


After reading the email I called the Bill Foundation right away to see how we can make it work. I promised Hope For Paws would help with the mom's medical bill, and in 2 minutes it was agreed that I will leave towards Central California at 3:00 A.M so I can make it there before sunrise.


I couldn't fall asleep... I just wanted it to be morning already. At 3:00 A.M I started the drive up north.


When I arrived at the location, I spotted the puppies right away, but I couldn't find the mom. I went to check on the pups, gave them some food to make an initial contact with them, and kept watching my back to make sure the mom doesn't come behind me to defend her puppies.


Minutes later, a yellow truck stopped next to me. A really nice man was asking what I was doing, and I told him I came all the way from Los Angeles to rescue this family.


He told me that the mom died two hours ago, about a mile to the west.


He said someone hit her and ran. He arrived there shortly after it happened, pulled over, and saw her as she was dying. He decided to rush home, get his gun, and take her out of her misery - realizing her injuries were fatal.


When he got back with his gun, she was already dead.


I wanted to check it right away... I wanted to make sure she was not breathing anymore. I was sad that she was dead, and I was angry that someone would dump an animal in the middle of nowhere and not care what would happen to her. If this man didn't show up today, I would have never known she was dead (she was pretty far from the pups), and I would still be there waiting for her to come back.


I then returned to the puppies, so I can at least save them before they would get hit by a car. I drew a skech (below) showing how I got each puppy as this was one of the most challenging situations I ever faced, and it required special, never used before improvisation.


The pups were hiding in a storm drain that could fit them, but couldn't even fit a small child.


Puppy #1 - Sydney (the pup in the middle): I threw food around the entrance hole. As you can see, I was positioned above them, so they couldn't see me, and as soon as Sydney was out, I grabbed her. She screamed for her life, and really scared the other two puppies who now refused to come out for food or water.


Puppy #2 - Matilda (the pup to the right): After two hours of waiting patiently for them to relax from the trauma of their sister screaming, they wouldn't come out. Their mom taught them really well, that when they sense danger, they should hide, and so they did. I decided to do something I have never done before, and it was to use the mom's body to get them out. I drove with Sydney to pick up the body.


I placed her near the entry hole, and waited quietly above.


Matilda was so happy to see her mother... she ran out wagging her tail, and in a second I grabbed her too. The mom, even though she was dead, helped me save her baby, and I hope she saw it from above and appreciated the love her baby felt for her.


Puppy #3 - Gabriella (the pup to the left): This little girl is smart, and she knew her mom was not alive anymore. I have tried everything... I tied ropes to the mom's limbs just to make her move and make the puppy believe she was alive, but that didn't work. I placed the mom in different positions, and that didn't work either.


The well was full with debris, so I started clearing it out using a rope with a loop... my plan was to drop a trap to the bottom, and then lift her up once she is captured. After I was done, I realized, it's not happening as the well was too narrow.


I tried speaking to Gabriella, but she wouldn't listen to me. I was at a desperate point... it was 100 degrees outside, I forgot to bring drinking water for myself, and I didn't have the equipment to get her out. I was also alone, and so it made everything more difficult.


I walked to my car to see if there is anything there I could use, and then a brilliant idea came to me. Last year I bought a net gun (that turned to be a useless piece of equipment as far as net shooting / dog capturing). However, I knew the one thing this device can do is to produce a really loud sound of explosion (produced by pressurized air).


The idea was to fire a few times into the well, create a scary noise, have her run out of the pipe, and then capture her as she runs away. I fired the first round and she cried. I fired another one, and another one, and then a really nice man showed up. He was working in the area, and I was telling him about my plan. We discussed other options (like having him hold the rope as I will go down the well). I fired a few more rounds of presurized air, and all of a sudden she started running... she got out of the storm drain, and ran into - A DIFFERENT PIPE!!!


I knew this one would be easier... I asked the guy to go to the far end, and scream into the pipe. He yelled, banged on the pipe, and Gabriella crawled away from him. She then saw me, and stopped. I looked into her eyes, then reached into the tube with my arm, allowed her sniff me for a second, then I grabbed her leg and pulled her out.


I placed her with her sisters, and I was so happy to have all of them.


I looked over at the mom, and decided to leave her where she had given birth to these beautiful babies three months ago. She was an amazing mother, she loved her babies, and it just broke my heart to know that I this email was sent to me 24 hours too late :-(


I didn't bury her because I knew that her body can be consumed by other animals who are struggling out there... coyotes, voltures and other hungry creatures. This is the last gift Gaia can give to others... this is natures recycling system, and it's what keeps the cycle of life going.


The puppies and I started the long journey back to Southern California.


The vet is happy with their overall condition, and they are running some tests to make sure everyhing is OK internally (parasites, worms, etc).


Thank you so much for all your support,



Hope For Paws




  • msbass 3y

    i wish i was closer,i would take them all!! but i live in alabama.
  • Robbie298 3y

    You are truly heroes! The world would be a better place if there were more people with hearts like yours. Thank you for all you do.
  • genet12012 3y

    I am 68 yrs old now, but I remember a situaion I encountered in Mississippi 40+ years ago. I worked for Mid-Cpmtomemt oilfied supply and was returning home after a delivery to an oilfield drilling site. i saw a dead dog int the median and, off to the side of the road, two small pups.

    I pulled over and the pups ran down the embankment to hide. One stopped and backed into a hole in the embankment and the other ran down the ravine as fast as it could go.

    I chose to stay with the one that had hidden in the ravine and, after about an hour, i had gained enough of its confidence to remove it from its hiding place (without bites, I might add). Sadly, I wasn't able to find the other pup.

    As I drove home with the pup in my truck, i began to smell an swful "dead" smell. When I got home and took the put out from under the seat of the truck, i found that it had regurgitated parts of a dead bird almost as big as the pup.

    I made a "home" of a cardboard box for the pup and put it under the sink in the bathroom. For the first day, the pup ate and drank the food I left, but ignored me completely. By the third dqy, the pup had already learned my routine and was sitting by my bed barking to get me up for work on time.

    My work hours were horrible and keeping the pup was just not possible. A friend found a home for him with an elderly lady who needed a companion and i have no doubt that he lived a long and healthy lifel i only regret not being able to save the other brother/sister as well.

    I don't need to see the video.......been there, done that.

    Thank you for what you do.
  • lady_love_38 3y

    Such a sad story but with a some what happy ending. Thank you for all you did to save the puppies. Bless you with much gratitude. The area looks like the San Joaquin Valley? Just wondering as that's my home town area.
  • likeyourkindness 3y

    I really appreciate what you have done for them. I'm glad those three puppies have met you. Your video draw my attention to those animals in need. I will make a donation in a later time. If I were Gaia, you would absolutely thank you for your kindness.
  • Kellette75 3y for those of you who want to see the video here is the link to it. I bawled when I saw Gaia was, in fact, gone. What this man has done is wonderful! I hope they all find homes quickly! I'm sure they will, they're adorable! If I wasn't past my animal limit (according to my city, not myself) I'd take one in! Kudos to the Bill Foundation for stepping in...through her pups, Gaia will live on!
  • Kay Fairey 3y

    It was so sad that you got there only a bit too late to save the mom. I kept thinking about what she might had been thinking...she must had been thinking about her beautiful babies that would be left behind. Everytime I think about this, my eyes well up. At least you were able to save the pups and I am always amazed at your patience and your love towards these poor dogs that humans have abandoned. I don't live in the USA and cannot help to foster the dogs you save or to adopt them. So I arranged for a recurring donation today. It's the least I can do. Bless are my hero.
  • evie.elf 3y

    The video is terrific, more heartwarming than anything. I admire you for your patience and perseverance. All four dogs have been well honoured and respected and were very fortunate to have fallen into your loving, caring hands. My heartfelt thanks.
  • Second Chance Salem Dog Rescue 3y

    I am a dog rescuer too but I can't even begin to imagine the type of patience you must have sometimes. Bless you for all of those animals you save. I know it is exhausting work. I hope you take time out for yourself too. :)
  • The Iconic Mdvanii 3y

    This is such a bittersweet story. Its so terrible humans treat animals the way they do.....I hope the puppies are okay now...adopted and happy. God Bless you for helping them in such an altrustic way.
  • jimejoherm4173 3y

    Bless this people who trully loved animals as i love animals also,Im glad they are all saved.Keep up the good work and good intentions to animals as they deserved also to be loved.God Bless....
  • jimejoherm4173 3y

    I wish i could help,but I'm not living in USA,Philippines is too far from there,I wish to help any donations but i dont know how?
  • Marjolein K. 3y

    Oh, I love to know that there are people caring for defenseless critters like these!
  • animalauthor 3y

    Heartwrenching--I watched the video and am about to short out my computer with tears. Blessings to you for such compassion--the first these dear dogs have ever had. I only wish the puppy trio could have been reunited with Gaia.
  • jean.yorke 3y

    Yes, thank you very much indeed for giving Gaia such a beautiful name, and letting her and her puppies meet again, even though it had to be for the last time. She was obviously a fantastic mother, and you are a splendid man in caring so very much, and doing so very much too, for them all. Please God bless you, and yours, and all that you do!
  • jean.yorke 3y

    Please allow me to ask a question after my previous, (above) comment. I am a bit concerned about the very loud sounds emitted into the smal tunnel. Was there not a serious danger of damaging the ear drums of the puppy Gabriella, in consideration that the area was small, and she would also have been blocking some of it up, so not much room for the sound to escape. Will the vet be checking the hearing of the puppies? I ask because I have suffered from a burst eardrum since the age of five years old. Being deaf in one ear is bad enough, being deaf in two would be rather awfull! Sorry to seem ungrateful, but I hope you might understand my question. So will the vet be checking, and could the vet help if necessary?
  • laurig49 3y

    thank you for saving these babies and all that you did naming them and their mom.. Im sure she is happy from above that her babies were rescued.. I still just cant believe ppl just throw out the dogs like that and i hope that the people who do these things to pets will face a situation in their life that they know with out a doubt that what thry are going thru is because of the bad thing they did to their pet... thank you for being kind ..Bless You
  • Wendy Grubbs 2y

    Eldad your heart for these animals continues to amaze me and others. You touch so many lives by helping the helpless animals. God bless you!
  • shonakelly1 10mo

    How are they now?
  • Jay Polk 7mo

    Great story. Thanks so much for helping these beautiful animals. God Bless you.
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