Terrified Stray Dog Ritz Cracker Rescued from Abandoned House in St. Louis

Stray Rescue of St. Louis is doing incredible work, and their latest heartbreaking video (posted below) features the rescue of an adorable little pupper who was terrified and trapped in an abandoned house. The video features Stray Rescue staffer Donna venturing out through an alley into and through an abandoned, rickety old house covered in debris. After some diligent searching, Donna manages to find a single occupant, huddled at the bottom of a set of stairs: the dog who would be Ritz Cracker.

“Yeah, it’s down by the front door, but it can’t get out,” she describes to the camera after spotting her. The poor dog cannot stop shaking, but with gentle words and light coaxing, she eventually allows herself to be harnessed, picked up, and carefully freed from the house.

The video says precious little about Ritz Cracker, though we can at least see her cleaned up and on a doctor’s table awaiting care. She is panting and looks about ten times calmer than before already, beginning her careful road to recovery.

Nonprofit Stray Rescue of St. Louis is a bastion of animal advocacy in Missouri, and its mission statement is refreshingly direct: “We seek out and take in those who no other organization will help or would simply be euthanized because they are too expensive to heal. We rescue the abandoned, beaten, bred, fought, injured, terrified, defeated, and betrayed.”

A Facebook update on Ritz Cracker shows that the dog is already much improved as of last week, and states that her foster mom reports, “…each day, she makes a little bit of progress and is starting to show more of her personality.”

New rescue videos are regularly uploaded to Stray Rescue of St. Louis’ YouTube page, and you can donate to them directly via multiple methods here.

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