Sherman, Texas (Sweetwater Way)
Good Samaritans discovered her astray: 2021
MMESAR Case acceptance date: 8/26/2023
Captured: 9/2/2023 22:36
Good Samaritan Anna reached out to us for assistance in capturing an extremely elusive dog that has been living in a newly developed community and construction site for 1.5 years. She originally had on an orange harness that came off after about three months of her first being seen. Sherman Animal Control had been trying to capture her for months but she never would go into their box trap.
Anna and several neighbors (Sarah, Zana, and Amy) had been feeding her and trying to capture her for a year and a half but were unsuccessful. Anna named her “Ring”.
We have several cases in front of her so we asked Anna to start our daily feeding protocol until our team is able to get our boots on the ground. It will likely be 6-8 weeks before we are able to deploy on her case.
MMESAR Team Members Cindy and Debbie put boots on the ground in Sherman to scope out the sites where Willow is being seen most frequently. We surveyed the area, we found her den and hang outs, we spoke to neighbors, and we setup a live camera at the feeding station at Anna’s home so that we could monitor her in preparation for capture. We put Brevecto (for fleas/ticks) and a dewormer in her food the first night so that she could start to feel better right away.
When Cindy and Debbie made their way around to the construction site, to their surprise Willow was there hiding in a storm water drain. Willow is food motivated and she would get close but not close enough for a hand capture. We plan to capture her in our corral trap as soon as our team finishes up our other case.
Good Samaritan Anna is continuing to feed Willow daily on her front porch following our feeding protocol. This will keep Willow coming back to the same location daily and help to condition her for Capture.
Our team arrived on site and setup a video monitored feeding station in the location where we plan to deploy our corral trap. Willow visited our feeding station early Saturday morning so we will now prepare for capture.
She brought a Great Pyrenees with her this time who lives nearby across from the construction site. Unfortunately, they allow him to free roam around the neighborhood.
Our team arrived on site and deployed. Our corral trap in a 5‘ x 10‘ configuration. We baited it, armed it and our team will be waiting in our vehicle about 30 yards away. When she arrives we will receive a motion sensor alert and we will then watch our live video feed inside the corral. Once we confirm, she is eating at the bowl then we will remote trigger the trap door.
Willow was safely captured without incident.
❤️Our sincerest gratitude to Pedro, Morgan, and Sierra with Sherman Animal Services for their amazing partnership, for always answering the call at all hours of the day and night and for being the “A” team that they are! They always go above and beyond and they are doing such great things in Sherman.
❤️A very special Thank You to Good Samaritan Anna for reaching out to us about her case and for following our instructions to the letter. Her dedication to this sweet girl was relentless and she never gave up! Thank you so much to Zana, Amy, and Sarah for everything you did to try to bring her to safety. You are all a very special part of her capture team!
⛑️ CAPTURE TEAM: 🐾 Selena Schmidt / Chief, Cameras, Live Video Feed, Rehab, Search Logistics🐾 Cindy Murray / Asst. Chief, Search Logistics, Capture Team🐾 Debbie Gschwend / Search Logistics & Corral Deployment, Capture Team🐾 Virginia Queen / Equipment Director, Capture Team
🥾BOOTS ON THE GROUND TIME: 3 days, 12 Team Volunteer Hours
After letting her decompress inside the corral for a short period of time, we loaded her into our transport kennel, and she is ready for transport to Sherman Animal Services.
We transported Willow to Sherman Animal Services. She is not microchipped. After her stray hold period is up, if she is not claimed by an owner, then Sherman will transfer ownership to MMESAR and we will take her to our training team at Happy Gentle Dog Place where she will live, train, and rehabilitate on their ranch!
Now that Willow has had a couple of days to decompress at the shelter, the staff performed a secondary full body microchip scan which again revealed no microchip identification. Hopefully her family is still looking for her at the shelter.
Willow has cleared stray hold at the shelter and tragically nobody came for her! She is still pretty shut down in the shelter and will likely be overlooked for adoption due to the psychological rehabilitation she needs. Our team made the decision to transfer ownership to MMESAR and place her in the care of our amazing Training Team at Happy Gentle Dog Place. We will first be taking her to our Veterinary Team at Summit Veterinary Hospital for an exam, bloodwork, diagnostics, and vaccinations. This is her freedom ride photo!
Dr. Kelly examined Willow, did bloodwork, tested for heartworm disease and tick born diseases, and gave her all of her vaccines. Everything came back great except this sweet girl is positive for heartworms. We began treatment today! We implanted one of our microchips and we gave her a second dewormer. We also started her on preventative medications. She will be spayed at a later date.
Immediately after seeing Dr. Kelly we transported Willow to our amazing rehabilitation team at Happy Gentle Dog ranch where Willow will live, medically recover, and rehabilitate for the next few months. Being semi-feral brings a lot of fear of humans. Soon you will see her transform into a HAPPY, loving, gentle dog. We can’t wait to share her progress with you! Please check back here regularly for updates.