Buddha Dog Rescue & Recovery (BDRR) successfully reunites families with their lost pets. When a pet goes missing it is a frightening, stressful situation, taking the proper steps immediately and implementing a plan is essential.
Two weeks running the power lines in Bloomington, NY, Jolene has been safely captured and reunited with her beloved family.
Thank you to Kirk and Paige Van Tassell who graciously allowed me to take over their property. Not only did they forgo mowing their lawn so as not to spook Jolene, they also never once complained with all the skunks and critters who were sharing the bait food. Kirk you share this rescue with me, I couldn't have done it without your help. Russ thank you for allowing us to move the enclosure to your woods after the skunks moved in. After a lot of patience and holding of our breath...sweet Jolene is HOME!!
Does anyone recognize this sweet boy? He has been running in Norwalk/ Rowayton, CT for the past 4 days, he was safely captured by BDRR today. We have named him Captain.If anyone recognizes him please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our beloved marshmallow Wiley who was lost in Saddle Brook, NJ after running off and being struck by a car was safely captured yesterday after 6 harrowing days.
Having trapped Wiley only six months ago after he was on the run for over eighteen months, I knew this boy well. Strategically placed feeding stations were set up in areas where I believed to be the highest probability of him going to. We had zero sightings and were very worried he was injured or worse. In the early morning hours on Sunday, Wiley found my feeding station deep in the woods. A trap was quickly set but having been trapped before he knew exactly what it was and wasn't going to make it easy for me nor was the abundant wildlife who was also sharing the food source. I tied the trap open so that I could condition him to go in and so the other critters wouldn't set it off. Wiley's hungry belly finally won and he finally stepped in and took the bait. The trap was set early morning Tues and by Wed evening he was safely captured.
Flight risk is to be taken seriously!!! When we stress the importance of using martingale collars and not letting flight risk dogs off leash etc etc...we don't just say it because we like to hear ourselves speak, we say it because we mean it with every fiber of our being to keep these babies safe!!! People become complacent and think the dog will not run off...WRONG! It takes one spilt second, a loud noise, another dog, a deer, etc. One split second between possible life and death for these dogs. Wiley is now at the vet receiving much needed medical care and hopefully this is a wake up call to anyone else who adopts a flight risk dog. Please be vigilant and keep them safe!!
Three months on the run in Albany, NY came to an end early this morning for this feral, former Bosnian street dog, fittingly named Lucky!
Lucky escaped his fenced in yard on February 1st. He travelled approximately 10 miles out for over a month and then made his way back to a wooded area off a very busy road approximately 2.7 miles from where he had escaped. Two dedicated women, Paula and Sherry, tried to trap him but he was just too smart and trap savvy.
Once I was contacted a plan was put in place for capture. The Annabelle enclosure was set up and we began feeding him at the same time everyday to keep him on a schedule. He was acutely aware of his surroundings and the slightest change, even so much as a stick placed differently would interrupt his routine. Slow, steady and consistency was the key to Lucky's capture.
It took twenty days before Lucky would step one foot over the threshold, with each day a little more progress. Still weary but going for it, he was finally making his way in, all the way to the back. Yesterday, the enclosure was set for capture and by 5am this morning Lucky was safely captured by Buddha Dog Rescue & Recovery.
Thank you to Sherry, Paula, Leslie and everyone who loved him from afar and rooted for this little survivor!
After three weeks on the run in Griswold, CT, Duke has been safely captured.
I began working with the the rescue yesterday morning. Going over the mapping and sightings, I was able to pinpoint the spot where I felt would be the highest likelihood of him showing up, basically an X marks the spot. Sure enough, Duke found the feeding station at 8:52pm and ate every last morsel. This morning, I loaded up the truck and made the three hour trek to Griswold and by 9pm a hungry Duke was back and within minutes safely captured. Welcome home big guy!
Karma was safely captured after two weeks on the run in the woods of Warwick, NY off the Appalachian trail, still wearing her little red coat. A two hour standoff with a massive, hungry bear made her capture quite the challenge but in the end that big teddy bear finally grew tired of me chasing him off. Welcome home Karma!!
Hold on to your biscuits everyone...Bandit missing from Gardiner, NY since October 8, 2016 has been safely captured in Walden, NY after a YEAR AND A HALF on the run!
Bandit escaped from the Gardiner Animal hospital back on October 8, 2016. His family searched high and low for this elusive pup. Sightings sporadically came in and then he all but disappeared.
Early morning, February 8, 2018 a local resident, Tab Calvitti was driving and spotted a black dog on the woods edge off a very busy road. She stopped and went into the woods to look for the dog, but the dog bolted back deep in to the woods and vanished. She continued to leave food with the hopes of luring him but he had other ideas. Tab contacted me on March 20th and I immediately headed to Walden to begin the capture of the elusive pup.
These woods backed up directly to the Wallkill Rail Trail, which was 27 miles long and were blanketed with animal carcasses, most likely dumped by hunters. These carcasses were also a perfect food source for a lost dog and most likely the reason that Bandit eventually settled in these woods where he would remain for a year and a half. For those who think trapping is simply throwing down a trap... think again! It took a trap and two different types of enclosures to get this smart boy to safety. Once the enclosure was set it took five days for him to take baby steps over that threshold. Each step and each bit of progress no matter how small was a celebration. Conditioning him to walk all the way in with no hesitation was a long gradual process but we worked on his time and at his comfort level.
Watching his antics on video were a constant source of amusement. He would chase the critters away from his enclosure, play with toys that we left for him and play bow and do his little playful dance in front of the enclosure. I had named him Wallace/ Wally but we could not wait to read the tags on his collar and learn what his real name was. Once captured, we learned his name was Bandit, I immediately called the family, they were in a state of shock and the first words out of their mouths were "omg he's alive!" Tears of joy and relief flowed. Bandit had travelled 9.5 miles from the point of escape, straight shot on the rail trail. In the year and half that Bandit was missing the families lifestyle had changed and they were concerned that this high flight risk dog would be in better hands with someone who had a fenced in yard and could devote the necessary time to work with him, as this was not the first time he had escaped. I applaud this family for doing the right thing by Bandit, they love him very much and only want what is best for him. We assured them that he will be in the best care and we will make sure that he will never have the chance to escape again. He was a year and a half when he went missing and has spent half his life living in the woods, he will need a lot of time, love and training to learn what it's like to live in a home again.
Driving a two hour commute each day to bait the enclosure, all nighters in the car during snow storms and manuevering an obstacle course of animal carcasses every day that he would drag on to our paths like little gifts for us, was all worth it to bring this boy to safety after a year and a half of living in these dense, swampy woods. Nice to finally meet you Bandit!!!
Thank you Tab for being his guardian angel and for reaching out to me. I'm so grateful to have met such a beautiful soul as you and I know we will stay in touch! Thank you to Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge (Frannie) for once again opening their doors late night for me and being his soft place to land. Thank you to Frank (Red Gate Farm) at RAWganics Raw Pet Foodfor supplying the amazing bones that have helped me trap so many lost dogs!!