As promised.....we are sharing her story.
In today's Edmonton Journal, Lola is a feature story. We are so very proud of the work that our volunteers did to make her homecoming happen. We are even more excited that three rescues worked hard to bring her home.
Animal Rescue Transfer System (ARTS), Greater Edmonton Animal Rescue Society (GEARS) and Sundance Canine Rescue Society all worked together the entire time that Lola was on the run. We want to publically thank Carolyn Maciejko (ARTS) and Liz
Panhurst (GEARS) for their continuing support and all your hours of help you provided, the information you provided, the advice given, and the friendship that was formed between rescues. For all of this....we thank you!
Edmonton Journal story, May 1, 2015
This is a story about Lola the Husky and how three Rescue Organizations came together to help bring her home. On September 29, 2014, Lola flew from the Northwest Territories SPCA (NWTSPCA) via Animal Rescue Transfer System (ARTS) for Sundance CRS to take over her care.
Lola was terrified in the truck as we drove to her foster home and she didn’t like her leash too much either, but she bonded with Rebecca, her new foster Mom. After dropping Lola off with Rebecca they continued to bond and Lola was kept on a leash while outside for the rest of that evening. The next morning, after the family met her, they were busy getting ready for their day, Lola was let outside to do her thing and in a blink of an eye she was gone.
The search began! Rebecca was the lead searcher and was joined by Carolyn Maciejko form ARTS and Liz Panhurst from GEARS to continue the search. Lola led them to the Millcreek Ravine, filled with a long path, dense forest areas, and coyotes. She would let people see her, but when approached she would bolt. Lola’s “brother” Tundra had been surrendered with her and the search team thought they would bring Tundra down from NWTSPCA to assist in the search for Lola. Tundra arrived 2 weeks after Lola disappeared, and was also placed with Rebecca as a foster.
After weeks of searching turned into months and the sightings were less and less, these 3 ladies and Tundra continued to search for Lola. Many different people volunteer their advice on how to catch her, but throughout it all Rebecca held on to the hope that she would just come to her. As the time went by we had less sightings of her – until March 27, 2015 when a school bus driver spotted her and 2 other dogs playing in the rural properties off 17 Street & Ellerslie Road. Searchers joined in to look for her and the hope was renewed!
April 2, 2015 - The Day of Her Homecoming…..
Liz from GEARS notified Carolyn from ARTS that she had sighted our girl running with a buddy down 17 Street near 34 Avenue. Carolyn called Rebecca and the two of them were again on the hunt for Lola. They decided to meet and, Rebecca being directionally challenged…., she turned right instead of left. Good luck was following Rebecca that day as she spotted Lola and her buddy running in front of her! She jumped out of her vehicle trying to coax the dogs toward her. Just then, a one-ton vehicle drove by and spooked the dogs.
Rebecca took dog food from the vehicle and started throwing it as far as she could slowly throwing the food closer and closer until Lola was taking food from Rebecca’s hand. Animal Control showed up to assist in the search took the Lola’s little buddy into custody, but kept him close to Lola. Four attempts later with a snap-leash and Lola was caught! Rebecca put her into the car, and then the celebrating began!!!
Tundra and Lola have now been adopted by Rebecca and are doing well.