A search party in California out looking for a man who may have drowned came across a lost Pit Bull, stranded on a pile of debris in the middle of the Salinas River.
He had been stuck out there for several days, until finally Jessica Barraza, known locally as an animal rescuer, heard about the poor dog and went to see how she could rescue him.
She and a friend began collecting branches and tried to get the dog to climb out, but he was too scared to move.
Finally, Barraza decided to carefully climb down to the dog and they were able to lift him out.
At first they thought the dog had been dumped by someone who no longer wanted him. But that was not the case.
This rescue went well, but I have read so many stories of people losing their lives trying to rescue a dog. A growing number of communities today have rescue units who have training and the necessary equipment.