Animal Answers: Scooby’s Story

Megan Wedel, Founder of Nemo Paws, Made the Trip to Texas with Volunteers in September, Bringing Back 20 Dogs to the Northland

ESKO, Minn. – Last August Hurricane Harvey proved to be one of the deadliest natural disasters in United States history.

But through the devastation came light at the end of a dark tunnel for one Northland family.

“It takes a village; there was a lot of us there to make this organization work,” said Megan Wedel, Founder of Nemo Paws.

FOX 21 first introduced you to Megan Wedel back in December of 2016.

“My service project was about something I’m really passionate about which is helping animals in need,” said Wedel back in 2016.

Since then, Wedel has achieved her goal of making Nemo Paws an official non-profit organization.

Recently, Mother Nature forced Wedel to make a difference in the lives of many.

“Hurricane Harvey came so we knew we needed to help out southern friends,” said Wedel.

In September she rounded up volunteers, rented two big vans and headed south to rescue 20 dogs from a shelter in Texas.

These animals were already in the shelter before the storm hit. Wedel’s mission was to find the animals a new home, so animal victims of the hurricane could find refuge at the shelter.

“This one dog in particular really impacted this family,” said Wedel.

Scooby happens to be one of the 20 dogs Megan and other volunteers transported back to the Northland.

“I don’t have children of my own, so your heart goes to something,” said Wedel.

Scooby was considered code red at his shelter. The day Wedel picked him up, he had just hours left to live.

“I keep track of all of the rescues still. It’s been a wonderful process,” said Wedel.

“Megan was on her way back, called me and said, I have a dog for you,” said Desiree Parson.

Parson knew she needed to do something. Her heart was hurting as her son, Gabriel, worked to deal with the loss of the families’ two dogs.

“My son comes home every day smiling now. When he comes home, he comes home to Scooby,” said Parson.

“He knows how to shake, sit and lay down,” said Gabriel.

After a few months, a bond was built between Scooby and Gabriel.

“He was very detached, he had a hard time around people, he was anxious a lot,” said Parson.

“He got a lot better, he wasn’t scared of anything and he has become so cuddly,” said Gabriel.

Cuddles now coming from the Texas transplant. Scooby loves his new life and Megan wouldn’t change her passion for the world.

“I’m not in this to make money it’s all about helping people and dogs and everybody,” said Wedel.

Since September, Wedel and her team have successfully placed 23 animals in homes across the Northland.

Wedel also continues working with CHUM to provide food to animals who need nutrition in the community.

Wedel says to date, they have collected over 3,000 pounds of food donations in one year.

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