The fourth of July is a time of loud celebrations across the United States. For dogs and cats (and other animals), it is also a time for fear, danger, and anxiety. More dogs and cats go missing during Independence Day than any other time during the year.
When Tinkerbell the Mastiff ran from her Arizona home during a fireworks display, her family feared they would never see her again. The poor dog ran for 25 miles and fortunately, she was found by a passing tourist at a spot in southern California located near a riverbed three weeks later.
The amazing team from Hope for Paws set their sights on rescuing Tinkerbell, but they knew a great challenge lay ahead.
They gained her trust, slipped a leash around her neck, and noticed one of her paws was very swollen. The fire department was summoned to help get the dog out of the location. With her size and weight, carrying her was out of the question. A large cage was lowered to the dog, volunteers coaxed her into it, then the kennel, with Tinkerbell in it, was lifted to safe grounds.
Thanks to a microchip, Tinkerbell was reunited with her grateful family. She was treated for her injury and is now safely back at home. As you will see in the video below, this is a reminder to all pet parents to keep your pets safely indoors and secure during 4th of July festivities.