Rescuers JoAnn Wiltz and Katie McKittrick of the charitable institution Hope For Paws headed out right away when they learned that a homeless dog needed help. They took down the address of the rescue site and arrived at a schoolyard, where the pup lived for the last nine months. Way before they found a parking spot, they already saw the dog so they hurriedly went to work.
The dog, which they named Lilac, later on, slept on the grass and ate watermelons given by the students. But once the campus closed, she had nothing to eat at all. She was so hungry but she was too afraid to accept help from people, too.
Armed with a snappy snare and a cheeseburger, JoAnn slowly approached the dog. She didn’t rush and instead waited for the pup to walk toward her. And with her ninja moves, she managed to secure the dog.
Horrified with what happened, Lilac fought back and attempted to escape. It was a good thing the rescuer was quick to assure her that she was safe. And within moments, she began to relax.
Lilac underwent a medical examination and the vets revealed she had multiple shots from a pellet gun. She also had more than 300 thorns and foxtails embedded on her skin. She was in so much discomfort and she felt completely relieved after having them removed.
The dog’s fear remained apparent for the next few days. But while she wanted to be left alone, she did not show any signs of aggression when someone came and approached her. She just needed time so the rescuers let her adjust at her own pace.
For the next six weeks, Lilac spent time in Board N Behave, an animal training facility in Wildomar. She did great making friends with other dogs, and soon, she learned that she can be pals with humans, too. And before long, she was ready for a forever home.
Lilac once feared and distrusted humans. But because she worked hard to overcome her fears, she got a second shot at life with her new mom.