Pets are meant to be cherished and safeguarded, not subjected to cruelty. Sadly, not everyone comprehends this fundamental principle. For one courageous 12-year-old boy and his mother, making the agonizing decision to relinquish their beloved pup to a shelter became a desperate act of love and protection against an abusive father.
The poignant story unfolded at the Xollin shelter in the Mexican state of Michoacan when the young boy, Andrés, carefully left his dog on the shelter’s doorstep. Alongside the pup, he placed a cherished toy and a heartfelt note bearing his name:
“My name is Andrés, and I am 12 years old. My mom and I have decided to entrust my dog into your care, keeping him hidden from my dad, who is considering selling him. He mistreats and kicks him, and one day, his brutality caused severe harm to the dog’s tail. I hope you can provide him with the help and care he deserves.” “I’ve left him a stuffed animal so he won’t forget me.”
The shelter shared this heart-wrenching tale on their Facebook page on February 13, prompting an outpouring of support from over 300 compassionate individuals worldwide. Drawn by the adorable face and expressive round eyes of the little dog, they also united in condemning the father’s abusive actions.
The puppy, now named Rene under the shelter’s care, received immediate attention from a veterinarian to assess his condition. The veterinarian discovered a fractured tail and administered treatment for parasites while ensuring a thorough check-up. The shelter staff acknowledged the additional expenses and effort but emphasized that the dog’s safety was their top priority.
Rene remained under Xollin shelter’s compassionate care until the day he found a forever home. Each year, the shelter welcomes hundreds of abandoned cats and dogs, all yearning for the love and care they so desperately need. The shelter staff expressed their hope that more people would open their hearts and homes to pets in need, much like the young boy who took a courageous stand for his furry friend.
“If everyone extended their kindness and hospitality to pets like this little dog did, we would find loving homes for all our shelter animals.”