Dog Survives Nearly a Month in Woods

April Livingston | August 11th, 2018

In his work as an EMT, Justin Scott has a lot of difficult calls and situations to deal with in his life. Recently, an especially difficult EMT call happened and one of his friends unfortunately passed away. After dealing with such a traumatic event, he needed help in trying to cope with what had happened. That’s when he sought out help in the form of a four legged companion. He adopted a sweet dog named Shelby to be his service dog. He found Shelby in a local shelter and saved her life. After they walked out of the shelter he looked at her and said, “I saved you, now I need you to save me.” And save him she did—Shelby has helped Justin move forward with his life and come to terms with his experiences.

However, things took a bad turn on the Fourth of July recently. Justin went on a camping trip with his family in the Eastern Sierra Mountains in California and Shelby came along. But one night when they were at their campsite Shelby was spooked by a sound and slipped out of her collar and ran into the woods. They searched for her but sadly could not locate her. Justin and his family even set traps in the woods hoping to catch her, but all they saw were bears trying to tip the traps over. They were so worried she was in danger, and Justin knew he needed to save her one more time.

Justin Scott//Facebook, Sara Scott//Facebook
Justin Scott//Facebook, Sara Scott//Facebook
Justin Scott//Facebook, Sara Scott//Facebook
Justin Scott//Facebook, Sara Scott//Facebook

After she was gone for thirteen days, Justin contacted A Way Home for Animals, a nonprofit that reunites owners with their lost dogs. It took some time, but once there was a sighting of Shelby in an area of wilderness, they set a trap and caught her 45 minutes later. Justin was soon reunited with his dog and they were so happy to see each other. In all, Shelby survived 28 days on her own but Justin never gave up on her.

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