It’s hard to say how she got all the way up there.

A dog was stranded on the top floor of an abandoned house — one in a row of several vacant homes — and had no way of getting down. She was crying for help, hoping someone would hear her, and getting increasingly desperate.

The only possible exit to the house was a staircase that was falling apart. The stairway was missing its top platform, with only shards of glass and open air in its place.

When this scared dog saw the humans from Stray Rescue of St. Louis coming, her cries for help got louder. One of the rescuers, Aimee, told PupJournal,

“This sweet girl was crying and panicked when we arrived, but she knew we were there to help her.”

Donna, the other rescuer responding to the scene, slowly made her way up the broken staircase to try and help the scared pup to safety.

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Though the dog was clearly scared about being lifted toward the broken staircase, she ultimately decided to trust Donna. Watch the dramatic rescue:

Because the pup was rescued from the second story of the home, her rescuers decided to name her “Story.”

Donna, describing the experience, said,

“Story seemed very excited to have help, but was still hesitant at first to be picked up. Once I had her in my arms and we were headed down the steps, you could just tell she was more relaxed and ready to go!”

Aimee, who was watching Donna climb the stairs to rescue Story, said, “When Donna got the slip lead around her neck, and said ‘you have to trust me,’ she relaxed enough to let Donna pick her up and carry her down the rickety stairs to safety. She was happy to be on the ground and eagerly left with us in the jeep.”

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Dogs are often happy to take their “freedom ride” after rescue, especially if they’ve been neglected or abused. But Story seemed especially happy to be safe and finally on solid ground.

Story is now living with a foster family, who says that she gets along beautifully with their other dogs. Her foster mom says,

“She’s a perfect little girl… She gets along well with my two senior females and my big puppy male.  She’ll make some lucky family very happy!”

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Courtesy of Story’s foster family / Stray Rescue of St. Louis

To apply to adopt Story or to make a donation so that Stray Rescue of St. Louis can continue their lifesaving work, visit their website.


Header image via Stray Rescue of St. Louis

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