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FOUR YEARS running Oak Ridge, NJ, Luke aka "Buddy" has been safely captured!!

On Super Bowl Sunday I was contacted by a very concerned resident in Oak Ridge, NJ about a stray dog that was showing up in their woods and yard since December. Her neighbors dog was now in heat and the stray was trying to get at her. I knew immediately who this dog was. 

Luke is a feral southern rescue who escaped from his rescue back in March 2014. He eventually began to frequent properties where food was being left for him a mile from where he escaped. Countless capture efforts were made by animal control and others to no avail.

Evading capture for years, trap savvy Luke was eventually deemed "uncatchable". To the frustration and anger of many, he continued to roam Oak Ridge, NJ all hours of the day and night. He constantly travelled miles and miles for other female dogs in heat, impregnating many over the years and crossing very dangerous roads. Just this past month he was traveling a three mile span for two separate female dogs. He would wander in their woods and once the female dogs came outside he would attempt to mount them leaving many pet owners frightened to bring their dogs outside.

Back in November when I was working another lost dog case, I learned of Luke's story. I went over and spoke to one of the property owners who was feeding him. I asked him to allow me to help Luke and explained that this was not kind to Luke or other residents and their pets in Oak Ridge. I explained that he needed to have proper shelter, medical care and be neutered. He stated that the dog was happy living like this and if he was caught "they would nut him" his term for neutering, he was emphatic that he did not want Luke to be neutered. He said the dog will probably eventually get hit by a car but there is nothing they could do about it. I gave him my card and asked him to speak with his other family members and reconsider allow me to capture Luke, sadly I never heard back from them.

Three months passed until I was contacted by a local resident, I knew this was my opportunity to help Luke. I had him on camera for eleven days straight all hours of the night in freezing temperatures, snow, sleet and pouring rain. It took eleven days and a lot of patience for capture, but Luke is finally now safe and sound and will receive the life he so deserves... shelter, vetting and first on the list... neutered!  

When that door slammed shut Lukes life changed for the better. Although he was frightened, you could see the relief in his eyes. He was exhausted and immediately curled up in a warm bed for the first time in YEARS. This morning he even gave his first kiss! Your new life starts now Luke...here's to new beginnings and never giving up!

Luke's Capture - Four Years on the run! - Vimeo

 

    

 

Capturing Luke - Vimeo

Luke's Rescue - Vimeo

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Buddha Dog Rescue & Recovery by Nicole Asher - 1w ago
Lady is SAFE & FOUND!

Lady had been missing for a week when we were contacted. We began working with the owner and in less than twenty four hours we were able to locate Lady. We advised the owner to immediately send out a Lost My Doggie call alert using our phone number so we could take any sightings while he was away for work. The call alert went out yesterday evening and this morning we received a call by a kennel worker who had received the alert. Lady was picked up three days ago by a police officer, not far from where she went missing and brought to the pound. They scanned the microchip this morning and confirmed it was Lady.

***Lady was found three days ago but her microchip was not scanned until today, after they received our call alert. Had she been scanned sooner it would have alleviated a lot of heartache and led to a faster reunion. 

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Buddha Dog Rescue & Recovery by Nicole Asher - 2w ago

After a week on the run through Armonk and Chappaqua, NY. Angel has been safely captured. Once people stopped chasing her and a feeding station was set and she was allowed to settle, she stayed put allowing us to quickly and safely capture her. Please everyone stop chasing lost dogs, you only push them further and quite possibly in to harms way. Welcome back Little Angel.

Angels Capture - Vimeo

 

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Buddha Dog Rescue & Recovery by Nicole Asher - 3w ago

Sally went missing on New Years day from her new home in Madison, Mississippi. I began working closely together over the phone with Chrissy Chesire and a dedicated local resident, Jill Upchurch to capture the elusive Sally. A feeding station was set up in an area where she had been sighted multiple times. Tues she found the feeding station and was on camera. A trap was quickly set but she did not come back. We continued to track her sightings on the map and began to see a pattern of travel as she was circling a very large radius. Being patient and having faith that she would circle back to the food source paid off. Last night we got a sighting that she was one street over from the trap. I told Jill that it was just a matter of time. Sure enough I got the call from Jill "she's in the trap!" It was such a pleasure to work with such dedicated women, you ladies rock!! Welcome back Sally!!!

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Buddha Dog Rescue & Recovery by Nicole Asher - 3w ago

Penny escaped from her foster home in Ringwood, NJ. After six days on the run with virtually no sightings she has been safely captured. Welcome home Penny!!

Penny's capture was difficult due to lack of sightings, she was traveling the woods of The Painted Forest and her coloring blended in perfectly with the leaves and landscape. Friday I had her at my trap only to have her spooked off by a well meaning person driving by slowly while out looking for her, she never returned. I had to start from scratch and relocate her.

Looking at the mapping and intersection points, the woods were vast and it was like throwing a dart at the map trying to pick a spot to set up another feeding station. I stopped and knocked on the door of the most lovely, gracious woman named Betty whose property backed up to the wooded area where I felt Penny may be crossing. Within an hour of the feeding station going up my camera started going off and low and behold Penny was there chowing down. Once she left I went back and quickly set a trap.

8pm little Miss Penny was back but this time with a full belly. She went in briefly to check out what was for dinner but didn't go in all the way just yet, she wasn't hungry. She came back out walked to the side of the trap and promptly scratched her back legs very clearly marking her territory to let other animals know...hey this big box of food right here...it's mine!! Seeing this, I knew she'd definitely be back. Four hours later she was back for a midnight snack and this time went all the way in! She's a smart, funny girl and being able to watch her on video offered much comic relief through the frustration and exhaustion. Even when sightings are limited please do not give up, these dogs are so smart and resilient, they are survivors.

 

Penny - Vimeo

 

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Buddha Dog Rescue & Recovery by Nicole Asher - 3w ago

Five days, three thousand posters, subzero temps, frozen trap, running the entire span of Staten Island, repeatedly crossing the Staten Island Expressway... Roni is finally safe and found! We received a call early this morning and once arriving was able to quickly locate him only to have him once again chased away from the trap by someone out searching. Mapping the trail system of the St Francis Woodlands we quickly determined there was a high probability of him coming out at a local campsite that was on the other side of the woods. Sure enough with in the hour he made his appearance off one of the trails at the campsite. A trap was quickly set but subzero temps caused the mechanism to freeze up. Our hearts sank as we helplessly watched him on camera eat and leave. A can of WD40 and a whole lot of praying that he would return before the “bomb cyclone” snow storm hit and knowing that once they find a food source they usually return, we waited and waited. Eight and a half hours later the camera started going and he was back for more food and with in minutes captured. Welcome home Roni!!

Roni's Capture - Vimeo

 

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Buddha Dog Rescue & Recovery by Nicole Asher - 3w ago

Peter, a trap savvy, feral rescue who had been previously trapped in Texas has been safely captured after three days on the run in North Stamford, CT. People were calling animal control thinking he was a coyote and threatening to shoot him, thankfully he was captured quickly. Welcome home sweet boy!

Peters Capture - Vimeo

 

 

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Buddha Dog Rescue & Recovery by Nicole Asher - 3w ago

Sasha lost in Hopewell Junction, NY has been safely captured after three very long days on the run. She was running a continuous three and a half mile loop daily with her circle getting larger and larger every time she was chased. In the end, like we anticipated, she returned back to the point of escape, once she stopped feeling pursued. 

Sasha's Capture - Vimeo

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Buddha Dog Rescue & Recovery by Nicole Asher - 3w ago

Moose on the loose in Arrowhead Lake in the Poconos has been safely captured!! Missing six days and captured 8 miles away from point of escape in record low sub zero temps. 

Moose's moment of capture - Vimeo

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Buddha Dog Rescue & Recovery by Nicole Asher - 3w ago

Third times a charm....Ollie is safe after seven weeks on the run!

At only eight months old, Ollie, a southern feral had been trapped twice before being transported north. He escaped a third time after coming off transport in the Home Depot, Brewster, NY parking lot. He travelled almost 20 miles before settling in a three mile span on the extremely dangerous Taconic State Parkway in Putnam Valley, NY. We quickly located him and had him eating at our feeding station but he was once again scared off by people riding dirt bikes through the trails. We studied the mapping and trail system in Fahnestock Park and were able to determine the trails and the route he was traveling right down to pinpointing the exact location he was crossing on the Taconic. Ollie was extremely trap and enclosure savvy, this capture was challenging to say the very least. Thank you to the management of Fahnestock State Park for giving us free range and access to do whatever we needed to get this boy to safety. 

Ollie will be going to our amazing friends at Second Chance Pet Adoption League where he will vetted, allowed to decompress and learn what trust and love is all about. You were a worthy opponent you little stinker!!!

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Ollie’s Capture Aerial View - Vimeo

 

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