Be’eri’s Miracle

A puppy that was rescued from a well found refuge in the SPCA

Faint yelps heard by hikers in the area of Hoshaya, led to the rescue of a puppy, who, with her last ounce of strength, called for help. A group of hikers, who traced the suspicious sounds, found themselves looking into a well of 8 meters depth. The hikers, who realized that they would need professional equipment in order to rescue the puppy, contacted the Ministry of the Environment, who sent the rescuer, Eyal Getanyu, to carry out the mission.

Aided by professional equipment, Getanyu went down to the bottom of the well and rescued the trapped puppy. The puppy appeared to be in bad shape; exhausted, terrified and apathetic – apparently she had been in the well without any food or water for a number of days. She was immediately wrapped in a warm blanket and given food and water.

The rescue from the well. Photographed by Daniel Reches
The rescue from the well. Photographed by Daniel Reches

The puppy was brought to the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Israel where she underwent medical examinations by the SPCA veterinarian, Dr. Lena Algerbeli. The examination showed that the puppy, a mixed-breed Canaan, four months of age, was not injured by the fall, but was suffering from dehydration and parasites. She was administered a saline infusion, treated for fleas and ticks and given a deworming shot. Soon she will also be given all the necessary vaccinations and be spayed.

Since the puppy was found without an identifying microchip, by Law she must be kept in quarantine for one month, at the end of which time she will be a candidate for adoption. The SPCA team, who named the puppy Be’eri, report that she is very nervous and frightened, but in the coming month they will accustom her to the company of people and to their touch and will expose her to various stimuli. Meanwhile, Be’eri, who will be a large dog when she matures, is enjoying a heated enclosure, cozy blankets, quality food and loving care.

According to Na’ama Rolnik, the SPCA adoption counselor, and a dog trainer, “Exposure is a critical factor in puppies’ development. Up till the age of six months, it is important that they experience as much as possible that is potentially alarming in their eyes or which might constitute a problem in the future, such as playing with other dogs, noises from busy roads, small children, thunder and lightning, steps, elevators, etc. Canaan dogs tend to be suspicious by nature, and in addition to this, it is quite probable that Be’eri had very little experience with the outside world and so suffers from anxiety. In the coming weeks we will work intensively with her, accustoming her to the presence of people and playing with other dogs, and will expose her to a variety of stimuli”.

Under the care of the SPCA
Under the care of the SPCA

As stated, in about a month, Be’eri will be transferred to the adoption section of the SPCA and will be looking for a loving family who will give her a warm home. Potential adopters are invited to call the SPCA offices at *4553.

Our appreciation goes out to the alert hikers who were so caring and to Ms. Gali Davidson from the Ministry of the Environment for the support and speedy rescue of the puppy.

To watch the rescue video of Be’eri on Ynet website click here.