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From: Spay & Neuter Kansas City – snkcnews [at] snkc.net
Date: Thu, Mar 26, 2009 at 2:35 PM
Subject: Special Outreach Pet Needs Your Help
Spay & Neuter Kansas City Special Outreach Pet
While Spay & Neuter Kansas City’s primary focus is spaying and neutering, we occasionally come across a pet in need. The story below is about Mowgli who was rescued by our group and will touch your heart. We hope that you or someone you know can help Mowgli find the new home he deserves.
Out of the Woods
Posted on March 25th, 2009 on the SNKC Blog
Rescuing dogs isn’t always a quick and easy process. Sometimes, you have to work for a very long time to succeed. In my experience, though, the payoff is always worth it.
When we first found out about Mowgli earlier this year, we weren’t expecting it to take eight weeks to rescue him. He was spotted running along the road near our clinic on January 13th. We later found out that he had made a den for himself in a wooded area nearby, living on wildlife and whatever food people would throw to him.
When we attempted to call him the first time, a driver passing us on the road informed us that he had seen the dog being dumped there out of a pickup truck nearly two weeks earlier, and that he hadn’t been able to get a license plate number but had been feeding the dog periodically since then.
For the next two months, each of our staff members and several SNKC volunteers took turns walking to the woods to bring him food, calling for him and trying to reassure him that we were there to help him. After all that time, he still wouldn’t come within 20 feet of anyone. After trying every different kind of food we could think of and even a live trap, we came to the conclusion that we were going to have to try a different approach if we ever wanted to bring him in.
On March 19th, several staff members and volunteers trekked out to the woods to capture Mowgli. The group was able to surround him and slowly close in. Mowgli attempted to hide under some bushes nearby, but the group was able to gently lift him out. Although he didn’t protest the leash that was put around his neck, he allowed (required) the girls to carry him out of the woods and back to the car.
Over the past week, all of us at SNKC have grown to love this gentle, loving dog. He’s currently sitting behind me while I type this, relaxing on a comfy blanket and watching the activity here at the clinic.