Dog To Be Reunited With Owner Thanks to NJ Resident’s Help
Later this month, the Amazing Grace Caravan will reunite Savannah, a lost dog that was rescued by Westwood, NJ resident Julia Ogden just before the dog was to be killed. Savannah, a beautiful husky, was rescued two hours before she was to be euthanized at a kill shelter in Georgia. Savannah had been at the kill shelter for a month, and almost died. If not for the quick action of Ogden of The Last Resort Rescue in New Jersey, Savannah would have been destroyed.
Julia saw Savannah’s photo on the Carpathia Paws Dogs in Danger website (a local animal rescue group in Georgia) and felt compelled to help her. She contacted Carpathia and asked them to keep her updated on Savannah’s case.
They called her one morning at 8 a.m., saying that the dog would be euthanized by 10 a.m. if no one claimed her. Julia immediately authorized them to take the dog on her behalf, and arranged for Savannah to be transferred up to New Jersey to be fostered by The Last Resort until an adoptive family could be found.
A few weeks later, it appears a miracle happened. Savannah’s original owner Belinda Stevenson was identified and located. This is rare in rescue situations. Ogden says she can’t remember that ever happening in all of her years of working with animal rescue. Savannah had gotten loose from the family’s backyard after a storm knocked down their fence, and the Stevenson family had been desperately searching for her for months, to no avail.
Belinda’s husband, John Stevenson, was a U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan on February 15 of this year. Losing her husband’s dog just weeks after her husband’s death only added to Belinda’s devastation. Upon learning that John’s dog had been found and saved, Belinda wrote to Julia and said, “The night she got out of the yard, I felt like another piece of (John) was taken from me. Thank you so very much for being a special caring person. Savannah is such a good girl and I am counting down the days till I have her home again.”
Julia Ogden will be transporting Savannah back to Georgia to be reunited with the Stevenson family. They will be traveling with the Amazing Grace Caravan from July 12 through July 15.