After seven months of living in a parking lot under California’s blazing sun, Aaron the terrier’s heartwarming rescue was captured on camera before he was brought into foster care.
“We have no idea where he came from,” Eldad Hagar told ABC News. “He lived in kind of a scary part of town. It’s important for me to show this video and show these animals deserve to be in a home, sitting on a couch, watching TV. He’s initially shy around strangers because it’s been a while since he’s been touched by humans.
“Once you sit with him for three minutes, he’s so cute, but you need to give him that chance.”
Watch Aaron’s rescue here:
Hager is the founder of Hope for Paws in Los Angeles. Hager said that he and his assistant received a call about an ill and homeless pooch who had found refuge outside a medical clinic for more than half a year.
On July 13, Hagar said he made him way to retrieve the frightened animal, who ran away from his rescuers for over an hour.
“[Aaron] was initially very scared,” he said. “You couldn’t really tell the video how pink he was, but he lost a lot of his hair and he was miserable. It’s kind of unpleasant to see how he freaks out because he wasn’t touched in all these months. These animals, their only reactions is to run away. For all he knows he’s fighting for his life.
“I just want people to think about it as 10 seconds of an extreme stress for a lifetime of happiness.”
After his rescue, Hagar brought Aaron to the hospital where he got a bath and was provided with medical treatment before being sent to live in foster care.
“Now we’re looking for a home,” Hagar said. “He just tested negative for mange and now he’s ready for adoption.”
Hagar filmed Aaron’s rescue and posted on YouTube Sept. 5, where it racked up over 500,000 views.
Hagar said he hopes the video helps Aaron find a forever home.