High tech equipment is now helping specially trained volunteers trap stray dogs that have been spotted across the Valley. Some have been loose for days, others for weeks or longer and the ultimate goal is to find them loving homes.
“They have cameras set up 24/7 on the kennels and the traps,” said Melissa Gable of Foothills Animal Rescue.
The animal rescue recently partnered with a volunteer based organization called H.A.R.T.T. or the Humane Animal Rescue Trapping Team, which works to humanely trap dogs wandering the streets in Maricopa County.
“The shy ones specifically that we can’t catch by leasing them or enticing them with treats,” said Jordan Cowan, one of the volunteers.
They trap the dogs with the help of cameras that are cellular.
“Any time there’s some sort of movement, it sensors and it will send an alert to our phones,” said Cowan.
“They can remote in and see what’s in the traps,” said Gable.
Sometimes they get false alarms.
“We’ll find cats, we’ve found bobcats, frogs,” said Cowan.
Volunteers then go out and release whatever is in the trap and set the trap up again, said Gable.
“We have found that sausage from QT works the best to entice them,” said Cowan.
“They love it,” said Linda Bruce, another volunteer.
“It’s the stinkiest, the yummiest,” Cowan added.
They recently trapped Rain and Audrey in the west Valley. It took two days to get Rain and nine to get Audrey.
“Complete exhilaration, tears and joy and complete relief,” said Bruce.
“And we don’t sleep until we get them,” said Cowan.
Once the strays are trapped, volunteers then look for a rescue where they can take them. That’s where Foothills comes in.
“We make sure that they are spayed and neutered, that they’re current on their vaccinations, that they’re microchipped,” Gable said.
Foothills takes them in to "doggy suites" and gets them ready for adoption.
“Audrey is the one that has a deformed leg. We do think that that was something that happened at birth,” said Gable. “It doesn’t stop her at all. She’s just like any other three-legged dog and gets around just fine.”
Rain and Audrey are just two of the hundreds of dogs volunteers have rescued over the past year.
“We all fall in love with these animals, it’s just love at first sight and when you see them on the street, you know they need help and the desire to rescue them is so huge,” said Bruce.
If you’re interested in adopting Rain or Audrey, contact Foothills Animal Rescue in Scottsdale.