Patron of Lost Dogs Helps Bring Pets Home

BATH COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) – This is a bigger project than you might imagine, saving a lost dog.

“I need that big side,” said Monica Good, leading her volunteer assistants as they set a trap. “This side must look big when the dog comes in.”

It’s about a six-by-eight foot enclosure designed to catch a scared and disoriented dog that won’t even come to people who want to help.

“There are professionals out there, and that’s what they do for a living,” Good explained. “But a lot of people can’t afford their services, that’s where I come in. I believe you have to give something back to God, and that’s what I’m doing for God.”

She has been described as the patron saint of lost dogs, dogs like Oden. He fled after his family’s car hit a deer, hiding in the woods for weeks.

“There were a lot of tears and a lot of prayers for Oden,” recalls Jody Swink, who helped with his capture. “I was very involved and it was heartbreaking.”

Until Monica does her thing and the pen door closes behind him.

“The best feeling ever, for them and for us,” Good said. “For the team helping me at that time. It’s the best feeling.

But that day, it’s another dog, seen by Douthat Park, where he fled while his people were camping, and Monica and her team set up another trap to bring him home.

“It’s a passion,” said Bill Wells, who helped. “I mean, what they’re going to do for the animals, that brings you here.”

“I hope God is on our side tonight,” Good said.

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