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Rescuing Bethany With Severe Mange

Anniearnold1_small_thumb By Annie Hart | April 10, 2013 | Comments (14)


Last Thursday Eldad from Hope For Paws received a call about a homeless dog that she was in really bad shape. Her skin was raw, swollen, covered in scabs and she was missing most of her fur. Eldad asked if Bill Foundation could take this baby in and find her a home if he was able to rescue her. We needed less than a second to say “Yes” and right away, Eldad and I headed out to find this poor dog. When we arrived, we could see she was in even worse shape than we had imagined. Not only was she covered in severe mange, she was completely dehydrated and having a difficult time standing up because of how infected her body was. The kind people who had found her and called Eldad said that she had recently been pregnant, but had aborted her pups… most likely because her body was too sick maintain a pregnancy. 

Bethany, as we have named her, cautiously welcomed our arrival and with the help of a few cheeseburgers and some chicken, she allowed us to rescue her. 

All the way to the hospital Bethany insisted on being close to us, even though the pain she must have been feeling had to be excruciating. Without Eldad knowing, I was able to capture a very tender moment during the car ride between the two of them. It's by far one of my favorite rescue photos to date... I don't think any words are needed to describe the true beauty of the moment between rescuer and dog that is celebrated in this photo.

Bethany has quite the gentle and trusting spirit and she allowed us to bathe her and scrub off ALL of the infected areas. She didn’t fight us at all, but the pain she was experiencing had to be unbearable. She must have known that we were there to help her.

Initial tests conclude that Bethany has severe mange and we are still awaiting tests to see what else she is suffering from. Regardless, she will need quite a bit of treatment and hospital care over the next month or so. 

The treatment Bethany is receiving has begun to work, slowly but surely and she is being the absolute best patient. She's sleeping most of time, probably to let her body fight the infection and heal. The good news is we got to her in time and she should be OK long-term.

Bethany's rescue was a combined effort and another example of the incredible partnership between Bill Foundation and Hope For Paws. It's a special partnership and together we have been able to save so many more lives and have a larger impact on the rescue community.

For more information, or to follow Bethany's story, please checkout Bill Foundation's facebook page.

To donate to Bill Foundation and help us save countless lives, please click HERE.

created on: 2013-04-10


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Comments on this Article

Even though I am not a religious person, all I can say to Bethany's rescue is THANK GOD for the people who found her and helped her. I have sat here and watched the video, put myself in the place of the people involved, and can say that I would have done this exactly as you did. Thank you so much for helping this little lady start a deserving life. Your actions are appreciated in ways that words cannot describe....Teresa Mead, Huntsville,AL
PLEASE post updates on these dogs. They make me so darn sad and sometimes cry to see the condition these animals are in. Would love to get an update on the dog in this picture. Poor poor innocent animal. UPDATE US PLEASE.
I have been following Eldad's Facebook page for few weeks now (found through Bill Foundation) and he is just amazing, his rescues are awesome, what a fantastic guy, keep up the good work xxxx
I have met Eldad personally and just amazed me when I met him. He has a heart of gold and his wife too (I did not meet his wife but I hope to meet her one day).... Eldad has done miracles with so many dogs he has rescued (not only dogs but cats too and other animals).... I also started to follow Bill Foundation aswell. Both have done great jobs in rescuing many animals. I wish I could do the same... maybe I will when my health is better. I hope.... but amazing job both of you guys!!! Lots of heart and hugs from me!
What I see in her eyes is I'm scared but anyplace is better than the hell I was Just in. Bethany I hope your recovery is swift and as painless as possible, with a loving home as reward for your toils. Great rescue guys. Well done !
did you see her eyes,as if looking forward for her recovery and a new home and great people who will take care of her..lucky for you bethany and praises to you Eldad......
:( poor baby. Thank you for rescuing her. God Bless you!
I follow Eldad all the time with his amazing animal rescues. It amazes me with every video and brings tears to my eyes how amazing this man is. For him to devote his time to these amazing animals just wanting love and cheeseburgers, he's definitly one of a kind!
The poor baby ... but with the right medication, baths and care she will be a beautiful dog lady in no time. Thank you Eldad and Bill Foundation for your continuous work!
Good luck,dear Bethany!!!!! Be always happy and healthy!!!! Thank you,good people!!!! My respect!!!
There was another dog I read about who had this same type of mange. She'son Facebook and her name is Peanut. Her new parents have made leaps and bounds with her recovery. Maybe their story will help this pretty girl. This is the 2nd story of Eldad I've read where he has helped a dog. Greatjob to him and everyone!!!
Tears of joy for this beautiful baby!
Poor little girl, what a SHAME someone would allow this to happen to an animal. It's atrocious! Thank God there are people who are loving and kind and want to help these poor unfortunate creatures. For her to be so loving and trusting after such a life, well, it's just a miracle. God bless her and her rescuers ... :O)
Simply beautiful
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