Houdini the dog was a stray living on his own in Los Angeles for over two years. Most of his spent his days were spent at the port of San Pedro.
“People at the port fed him and gave him water, but he wouldn’t allow anyone to get too close to him,” Eldad Hagar, founder of Hope for Paws said. “He was just too scared.”
Staffers at Hope for Paws, a rescue based in Los Angeles, received a call about Houdini, but had no idea how hard it would be to rescue this pup!
The port is a wide open space, which meant that Houdini had plenty of room to run and hide.
The first day they tried to rescue Houdini, four people went to the port. They set a trap for him …
… but Houdini was much too smart to fall for it.
On the second day, Hope for Paws teamed up with Rescue From the Hart, and seven people tried to rescue Houdini again. They secured the entire port with temporary fences and netting so that Houdini couldn’t escape.
As soon as the scared little dog saw all the rescuers, though, he ran like crazy. They chased and chased him, until it started to rain and Houdini disappeared again.
On the third day, the team returned with 10 rescuers all determined to bring Houdini home. As the small army of volunteers drove into the port, Houdini appeared out of nowhere to greet them.
This time, they brought even more netting and fencing, and made absolutely sure that every possible exit was covered.
“There was just no way out of there,” Hagar said.
Every rescuer was given their own individual net, and spread out so that someone was at every corner of the port.
Finally, Houdini appeared again.
After lots of sprinting, shouting and strategizing, the team of rescuers were able to secure Houdini.
He was still terrified and unsure of what was going on, but he began to calm down a little bit …
… and then Houdini was shown affection for the first time in two years.
One of the security guards who had been feeding Houdini came over to say hello, and helped to calm the little dog down even more.
Once Houdini was nice and calm, rescuers were able to take him away from the port, get him cleaned up and checked out. Houdini is now being fostered through Rescue From the Hart, and is looking for his forever home.
“Houdini is doing great,” Hagar said. “He is such a happy dog, loves people, loves dogs, it’s almost weird how fast he turned around.”
Check out the full video of Houdini’s rescue below:
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