The pup was too close to the road, and cars and motorbikes were hurrying past unnoticed, dangerously close to him.
There was a huge possibility that the dog would eventually be hit – a vehicle could have swerved off the road or even the puppy could get in alone through the traffic inside. But luckily none of these things happened, all thanks to five children living in Arusha, a town in northern Tanzania.
The children – Goodluck, Casbert, Caren, Princes, and Kenny – were returning from school when they saw the dog, now called Jack, from the side of the road. As they approached, the dog began to wag its tail.
“They fell in love with him and decided to pick him up,” said Ismael Mungaya, a local caretaker in Tanzania. “But when they took him home, their parents didn’t want him.”
But the children refused to abandon Jack, who appeared to be hungry and rather dirty. So they took him to Mungaya, who runs a small dog shelter on his parents’ property and tries to help the many dogs and cats that live around Arusha.
Mungaya’s shelter was actually crowded at the time – he already had six rescued dogs in what he describes as a “very small” kennel. But Mungaya’s heart melted as the boys approached with Jack.
“The kids made me very happy,” said Mungaya. “Yes, it was hard because I didn’t have much space in the kennel, but because of their commitment to help Jack, I said, ‘I help’.”
Mungaya will keep Jack until he gets bigger and stronger and will ensure that he is vaccinated, neutered and dewormed. Then Mungaya will look for a home for Jack – in Tanzania or abroad.
Meanwhile, Jack is enjoying life at Mungaya Shelter. He loves to play with two other rescued dogs, Oreo and Daisy and to nest with Mungaya. The five children who live nearby also visit Jack whenever they can.
“These children showed incredible kindness and commitment,” said Mungaya. “While the children’s parents rejected Jack, the children tried to do everything they could to help him. I learned that love has no limits.”
To help Jack grow into a happy and healthy dog – and to help other stray dogs in Tanzania – you can make a donation to Mungaya’s dog shelter.
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Source: Portal do Animal