Abandoned In The Desert, This White German Shepherd Gets Unusual Rescue (VIDEO)

It’s been a while since I shared a rescue from my favorite animal rescue organization, Hope For Paws. Once again, Eldad Hagar teamed up with Lisa Arturo to rescue a 1 to 2-year-old female, white German Shepherd who had been abandoned in the desert.

For 4 months, a few people fed her while trying to catch her, but Venus was wary of humans, and nobody was able to get close to her. That’s why every attempt to capture her failed.

How they finally caught Venus

With temperature higher than 100°F, it was imperative that Venus was saved very soon. As a last resort, they ask the help of Dr. Scott Amsel D.M.V., who drove more than 10 hours to arrive at the rescue location.

Dr. Amsel had to use a tranquilizer gun to dart the dog because it was the only way the team could catch her. It took several hours, but Dr. Amsel finally was able to take the shot and after a few minutes, Venus collapsed. The team brought her to the medical unit to provide her basic medical care.

Gaining Venus’ trust

By then it was getting dark, so the team had to spend the night in a motel nearby. Venus was beginning to wake up, so it was the perfect time to start working on gaining Venus’ trust. Eldad has an incredible gift to gain animals’ trust. By morning, she was much more relaxed, so the gang took the road toward Los Angeles.

It was time to get pampered

After a much-needed bath, Venus took a little nap, leaving the desert behind and getting ready for her new life. If you want to know the entire story, check out the video below of this very unusual rescue.


After her rescue, Venus was brought to Costal German Shepherd Rescue O.C., awaiting her adoption. It didn’t take long for her to get adopted! By the end of January, Venus was adopted and now lives happily in her furever home with her new family.

If you would like to check out other amazing rescues, just visit  Hope For Paws Facebook page or Costal German Shepherd Rescue O.C. Facebook page to see other dogs who are waiting to be adopted.

Venus' bath

Over to you

Isn’t it an incredible rescue? Eldad Hagar and his team are the best for rescuing abandoned dogs like Venus. How did you find the video? Please share with us in the comment box below!

Photos credit: YouTube/Hope For Paws


9 thoughts on “Abandoned In The Desert, This White German Shepherd Gets Unusual Rescue (VIDEO)

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  1. Hi Nataly,

    I LOVE Hope for Paws.
    I’ve watched so many of their rescue videos and every one of them is so touching.

    Eldad has a special gift and it’s inspiring to see him use it.
    The temperament of these dogs changes dramatically once they’re in his care. I love to see them get all cleaned up. You can tell they know they’ve just been saved.

    Thanks for writing about this. We need to see more of what’s good in the world 🙂


    1. Hi Dana,

      I also love Hope For Paws. Eldad is truly a remarkable guy with a great gift to comfort those poor dogs and to gain their trust. After being all cleaned up, they immediately seem so happy. That’s amazing!

      I love sharing those rescue videos. It’s also a good way of spreading awareness about the growing problem of homeless dogs and show what those poor babies go through when they are abandoned and living on the streets. Maybe it will stop people from abandoning dogs like a pair of jeans they don’t want anymore.

      Glad you liked it, gf! Hope you had a great weekend! 🙂



  2. Hi Nataly,

    These stories are so heartbreaking to watch but I love happy endings like this. Thank you for sharing Venus’s story. There are so many dogs being mistreated and abandoned, I just don’t get it. Thank goodness Hope For Paws is around…if we had more organizations like them more furbabies can be saved.

    My daughter is going to school to become a Vet and she wants to open a rescue shelter for senior dogs and you know I’m going to be right there helping her. 🙂

    Have a great day and weekend Nataly!



    1. Hi Cori,

      I really don’t get it either! Luckily, Hope For Paws team works tirelessly to rescue those poor dogs and to find them loving furever families. It’s amazing how many rescues like this one they performed.

      I think that your daughter going to school to become a vet and opening a shelter for senior dogs is amazing. I’m sure she’ll do a great job! Let me know how her studies go!

      Thanks for reading my post, gf! Hope you had a wonderful weekend! 🙂



  3. Hi Nataly,

    I love hearing happy endings, even if the trip there was sad. There are so many rescue organizations now that are filled with babies that need homes, yet the breeders keep on breeding. 😦 I wish breeders would be outlawed in hopes that those in the shelters would be adopted.

    Thanks for sharing this. Have a great weekend!



    1. Hi Bren,

      You’re so right, breeders should be outlawed, so all the rescue dogs in shelters are adopted. And people abandoning dogs should be punished by law. People’s mindsets must be changed and stop taking animals as objects. They’re living beings that need to be protected and taken care of. When I see how some of those poor dogs live, it breaks my heart. That’s really sad!

      Thanks for stopping by, gf! Hope you had a great weekend! 🙂



  4. Hi Nat – How’s it going? You definately yanked at my heart on this one. I love rescue stories and hope to own my own rescue refuge one day but for now…wow, I am so glad Venus found a furever home and is being well taken care of. I think there should be stronger statutory criminal consequences for those who abandon and abuse animals. Thanks for sharing a happy ending.

    I’ve been battling allergies with my baby. He has not been himself for the last week or so. It started with a little bit of him seeming “off” and has intensified. I finally think I’ve figured it out. I transitioned him to what I thought was a better dog food which it is but he doesn’t like it. The Plott Hound in him is known for tons of allergies….food is one of them. So, we are going to transition back to the other dog food for now. I felt so good about getting him transitioned over to the Hills Science Diet but it’s no good if his body doesn’t like it.

    Hope you’ve been doing well. Talk to you soon. Keep rockin the online world girl. : )



    1. Hi Irish,

      Yes, it’s definitely a great rescue story! That’s awesome that you want to open a rescue refuge one day! I hope you can realize your dream some day! And I’m with you on the stronger criminal consequences for abandoned and abused animals.

      I’m so sorry that your baby isn’t feeling well. And yes, dogs can be allergic to certain foods and some breeds tend to be more allergic than others. But there are some hypoallergenic dog foods that can do wonders. Royal Canin Hypoallergenic HP is a great one. I suggest that you talk to your veterinarian if the problem persists. Please, keep me updated on his condition.

      Hope you’re doing well, hun! Thanks for stopping by! Talk to you soon! 🙂



  5. Hey!
    I have seen almost all the videos and I found all of them quite amusing. All these pics and videos are also heart touching and I also praise the author for such ignitions.

    These stories are so heartbreaking to watch but I love happy endings like this. Thank you for sharing Venus’s story. There are so many dogs being mistreated and abandoned, I just don’t get it. Thank goodness Hope For Paws is around…if we had more organizations like them more furbabies can be saved.

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