In the past month, an amazing thing has happened. A little blind dog named Fiona, rescued from certain death by a heroic man, captured the hearts of people all over the world.
After many an animal lover sent me the video, I reluctantly grabbed a tissue and hit play.
Fiona's rescue was heartwarming to say the least... And for some reason the rescuer's name-Eldad- stuck with me and wrung a bell. It finally dawned on me that a few years ago, Eldad and I were both called in the middle of the night to help rescue a cat who was believed to have crawled up in a car engine for warmth. Those situations rarely include a formal introduction, so even though Eldad and I had spent hours together accessing a car engine from every angle imaginable, we had never been formally introduced. Covered in grease and reluctant to give up we could find no sign of a cat in on or near that engine. We surmised that the cat must have freed herself and fled just prior to our arrival. Later our assessment was confirmed and the grease covered kitty was safely retrieved from a nearby vacant lot.
Since energy attracts similar energy, I was not surprised to learn that my friend, colleague and Adopt-a-Pet.com executive director, Abbie Moore has also been witness to the rescue efforts of this compassionate crusader. Having been given his number by another local rescuer, Abbie enrolled Eldad to help her capture a terrified and vulnerable small dog who she'd seen on her daily commute. When Eldad drove 50 miles before dawn on 3 consecutive days in the pouring rain to help a relative stranger safely trap a soul in need- he ended up positively impacting 2 worthy souls.
According to Abbie, meeting Eldad changed her life. Abbie already works tirelessly to show others how many wonderful animals await adoption in shelters nationwide. Now Eldad allowed her to see that she could also help in the day to day encounters that, up until then, left her feeling helpless and alone.
Eldad Hagar, who along with his wife Audrey runs Hope For Paws rescue, is well known in the Los Angeles area as the go-to guy when there's a difficult rescue or trapping situation. Eldad often brings along a video camera to capture his dramatic rescues, with the intention of helping people all across the country learn how to safely trap strays in need. This is why he happened to be filming when the little blind white dog...well, I won't ruin it for you. If you're not among the million people who have watched this video, watch it now. You are sure to be inspired.
Since this video went viral, Eldad and Fiona have been featured all over the place, including on ABC News with Diane Sawyer. Look for them to be on Anderson Cooper's show this month!
And definitely watch Chase's transformation as Eldad offers her a chance to show the world what treasure lies within her- and within so many others like her, who are routinely written off and mislabeled as aggressive or otherwise 'unadoptable.'
I join Eldad in wanting others to understand the importance of us humans becoming advocates for animals in need. When there is one person willing to step up, others are nearby, willing to join forces and bring injured, frightened, vulnerable animals the love and care they need and deserve. Give it a try, support others who help, and spread the word!
Dr. Pia Salk
Keep up the great work Eldad and Audrey!