Life on the street is not easy, and homeless people and stray animals face numerous hardships and challenges on a daily basis. Therefore, people aware of this do their best to help those in need and somehow ease their day-to-day life.
While dog lovers cannot imagine abandoning a dog, many people leave their pets exposed to a lifetime of neglect. Fortunately, many are also willing to help those desperate dogs and provide them with the life they deserve.
Two terrified and starving dogs stayed at a parking lot of a fast-food restaurant in Brownsville, Texas. Crying, the poor puppies begged for help, and nobody came to rescue them.
Yet, one day, an 18-year-old girl, Destiny Vasquez, noticed one of them, pull out her phone, and recorded them.
She said that she was shocked to spot the dog while she was in the drive-thru and immediately called her mom. She didn’t know that there are two dogs at the time, so she told her that she has to find a way to help the dog.
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Her mom, Jessica Marin, who has rescued many homeless dogs from the streets of South Texas, jumped into action. Marin drove to the restaurant and found the two dogs. Nobody knew where did they come from.
She spoke to an employee of the restaurant, who told her they have been at that place for weeks.
She photographed the two dogs and sent the pictures, along with her daughter’s video to Leslie Ysuhuaylas Hennings, who helps raise awareness for needy animals on social media.
Hennings posted the story on Facebook and wrote:
“They literally begged to be taken, but they weren’t. They go up to every car that passes by in hopes to find a home. It’s been weeks. Tonight it will be another night in the parking lot. It will be another night in the streets. These two only have each other and desperately need rescue together! Please help network them for rescue and foster!”
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And these efforts paid off!
Ana Teran, an activist volunteering for Animal Aid Brigade in Houston, saw the post and was overwhelmed. As she later explained, she just couldn’t believe the sight and couldn’t leave things that way.
She was ready to rent a car if needed, to save them. And this was what she did. She rented a car, took a few hours long ride from Houston, where she lives, to South Texas.
In the meantime, Marin gained the trust of the two dogs, so she put them into her car and drove them to meet Teran. Crying, she called her daughter to tell her the good news.
Teran was overwhelmed to meet the “adorable and friendly” puppies, and claims they were excited and happy to meet her too.
“I was so excited to see them! They were just the cutest. They wanted love so desperately. They were so friendly. They were not fearful or timid. They had big smiles; they were so excited. They had no idea what was going on, but they were so happy.”
Teran also took nine other stray dogs to bring back to the rescue center in Houston. In the car, she played music and talked to them the entire time.
She explained to them that “life can be fun” and assured them that everything will be fine.
After a very long time, the two dogs “fell asleep so soundly and relaxed”.
Teran is now taking care of the two dogs and explained they have a very close bond and have a very nice demeanor.
Both of them are female, and they believe they are around one year old. She named them Patty and Pepper.
Animal Aid Brigade president and cofounder Valerie Johnson explained that the rescue is specialized in saving South Texas dogs, where numerous dogs live on the street.
Johnson says that this situation is heartbreaking:
“You feel empathy for those animals that are clearly trying to get someone to help. It really rips your heart out, and you wonder, ‘How does this happen?’
We want the rest of the country to know what’s going on. To shine a light on the problem we have and get resources — even veterinarians who are willing to donate their time or travel down and donate a weekend. There aren’t enough foster homes. There aren’t enough adopters. There are not enough resources in these communities.”
The rescue needs help to be able to help all those animals, and are currently trying to purchase a spay-neuter vehicle.
Soon, Patty and Pepper will be available for adoption.
While Teran claims that it would be hard to separate from them, she is aware that there are hundreds of other dogs who are waiting for a chance to be rescued.
She is also excited that the two dogs are at “the beginning of their journey and their adventures.”
Vasquez is also content that they are now in good hands and that she was able to help them go off the street.