Great Dane who was rescued after weeks stranded on island finds a forever home

After weeks stranded and months of recovery, a dog who made headlines a few months ago after being rescued from an island has now found a very happy ending: she is finally safe in a forever home after weeks stranded and months of recovery.Back in August, Zaria, a two-year-old Great Dane, became stranded in the middle of Cranberry Lake in Clare County, Michigan.She got stuck there after running away from home, according to reports: she fell into the water and swam 20 yards to the island.

Clare County Animal Control started working to get the dog to safety, but Zaria was scared and proved difficult to catch.”Right now, she’s in that fight or flight mode,” Clare County Animal Control Officer Dodson told WNEM.”She’s currently in flight mode.”Knowing the dog’s life was in danger, the rescuers continued to try to lure Zaria into a trap with food, but weeks went by with no success.Volunteers braved the muck and water to assist the dog.

Finally on September 21, their patience paid off as they finally caught the elusive dog in a live trap, WNEM reported.We did not leave anything outside the cage.She ate for about two and a half days inside the cage.”We set the trap, and we caught her,” Ruanne Hicks, director of Clare County Animal Control, said.

The dog was reportedly “in pretty good health,” but “emaciated” as a result of the ordeal’s lack of food.
She was then taken to a dog rehabilitator, who fed Zaria a regimen of small meals to help her regain her weight in a healthy manner.

The recovery period was expected to last three to twelve months.Zaria’s original owners surrendered her so she could find a better home, and she was to be adopted at the end of her recovery.And in an inspiring update, the shelter confirmed that Zaria has found a loving new home.According to a Humane Society of Midland County Facebook post, their shelter director Beth took Zaria in as a foster dog because she had a six-foot fence needed to keep the tall Great Dane from running away.

However, the foster situation quickly turned into true love: Beth referred to Zaria as “the best dog she’d fostered,” saying that while she was initially afraid of people, she was “well behaved and so sweet.”Beth knew it was fate, and she officially adopted Zaria.She is said to have changed the dog’s name to “Zara.”

The happy ending was made possible by a collaboration between the two shelters and the nonprofit BISSELL Pet Foundation.Zara was reportedly the final adoption of their “Empty the Shelters” campaign.What an ordeal this dog went through, but we’re so glad she’s finally safe, recovered and has a new forever home!