Alaska’s Long Journey Home

Alaska’s Long Journey Home

Last year, several people had been working VERY hard to gain the trust of a stray that had been running around for months. They had finally gained her trust enough to where she would eat out of their hands, but weren’t quite able to get a leash on her. Before they could make any more progress, animal control was called in December 2022, and they proceed to trap her and take her to the local shelter.

Unfortunately, even though the people who had been working so hard to save her wanted to adopt her, the shelter would not adopt her out as they feared she was a bit risk. Her future was euthanasia.

One of the women who had been trying to gain her trust reached out to multiple rescues, urgently begging for help to save the dog we came to call Alaska. Thankfully, the shelter Alaska was in was one of our partners and OPA president Amy B. tagged her, saving her from euthanasia. It was our opinion that she was not aggressive, but instead just terrified being in the shelter and stressed from being trapped in the first place.

The woman who made contact with us was sadly leaving the country, but arranged for a foster family to hold onto Alaska while she was traveling. Amy met the woman and family at the shelter, where they all spent a couple of hours with Alaska. Alaska was sweet and exhibited no issues and then was put through our vetting process to administer vaccines, dewormer, heartworm testing, microchip, etc.

From there, she went home with her fosters who continued to work with her, but sadly on December 11, a contractor at the family’s home accidentally let her out and Alaska was on the run once again near 1488 and I-45. We had a whole team of people trying to find her and received multiple leads from sightings, but those eventually stopped.

In mid to late January, Alaska was spotted hanging out in a warehouse area with multiple businesses near 45 and 99.

Some employees from a metal shop began to feed her, and when temperatures were expected to drop dangerously low one night, they starting allowing her to sleep inside their shop. Through all of this, they were able to gain her trust! But when the owner of the shop said she couldn’t continue to stay, the warehouse manager took her home to continue helping her until they figured out what to do.

The family fell in love with Alaska and decided to make her an official part of the family. They took her to the vet and paid to get her healthy: Vaccines, spay surgery, heartworm treatment, and more! They spent approximately $1,600 on everything and she is currently recovering from her final HW treatment injection.

In April 2023, Alaska was renamed Luna by her family when they adopted her around Easter. There were lots of happy tears shed and Amy finalized the paperwork with the family and got to witness the overwhelming amount of love between Luna and her new family. Additionally, OPA received a donation of just over $500 on behalf of the metal shop.

We wanted to share this wonderful story, as we are so grateful and impressed by what the community and this family did for a stray dog, and for OPA once they learned she was one of ours. Luna has been through so much and landed the most amazing family!

If you are ready to make an impact on a homeless pet in need, please explore our website and see all the ways you can get involved!

To see more photos of Luna, checkout her and her brother’s Instagram account @bruno.lunagallery!

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