"I left him a stuffed animal so he won't forget me," the note read.
Dogs have always made the world a better place to live in. As man's best friend, they are loyal and make for the best companions anyone could ask for. They deserve nothing but the best because the love they have to give is pure and unselfish. Sometimes though, the world is unfair and the helpless dogs end up getting the short end of the stick. But with guardian angels like this 12-year-old, whose act of kindness towards a puppy that cannot fend for itself, rekindles hope that there is that much less cruelty to go around in the world, reports CNN.
A recent Facebook post made by an animal shelter called Xollin tells the sad and touching story of a young boy who wanted to save his puppy from his violent and abusive father. According to the post, the boy left his puppy in a box outside the shelter. Along with the puppy were a stuffed toy and a note explaining why he had decided to give away his puppy. The note was written by a boy who identified himself as Andrés. It was written in Spanish and read as follows: My name is Andrés and I am 12 years old. My mom and I decided to leave my dog in your hands, hiding it from my dad because he is thinking about selling him. But he mistreats and kicks him. One day he kicked him so hard that he hurt his tail. I hope you can help and take care of him.
The little boy also wrote, "I left him a stuffed animal so he won't forget me." Not much is known about the boy except that he is from the Mexican state of Michoacan, where the shelter is also located. Andrés left behind a pitbull puppy whom the shelter has named Rene. The first thing the shelter did was to take the puppy for a health check-up. "We need to take the dog to the vet so he can check his tail, which apparently is fractured. We also need to remove parasites and get him a check-up. This means more expenses and work for us, but luckily the dog will be safe," the page informed in the post. They also mentioned that they had recently received a small wounded kitten in a terrible state.
In another post, they asked for financial support for a malnourished kitten that was found outside the shelter. The kitten could not even walk, had an exposed wound and what seemed like a broken hip. After this, the puppy that was brought in by Andrés would be the second animal they had to take to the doctor. As the story of the puppy was shared, the post immediately gained a lot of attention from people all over the country who were hoping to adopt Rene and help take care. The rescue shelter was then quick to remind them that they had over 120 dogs up for adoption, which they should consider adopting, not just the dogs that go viral.
"If you all opened your heart and your home to all and not only to this dog, all our animals in the shelter would have been already adopted twice," urged the page in another Facebook post they made. "Thanks to the few people who came to the shelter offering their help to protect other animals suffering abuse or being abandoned in our district and surroundings." Xollin is according to the description on their page, "an association dedicated to the care and welfare of dogs that have been abandoned or are facing serious abuse." It also states, "We take care of them and rehabilitate them physically and emotionally so that they can smile again, have confidence in human beings and thus be happier in a new home, through adoption, or in our center through sponsorship."