By the age of 28, Zach Schou developed severe liver problems because of his addiction to alcohol. Doctors said he required a transplant and needed to give up drinking, at least for six months.
During this difficult time in his life, Zach went to an animal shelter. He liked the three dogs, Tug, Marley, and Buddy, and decided to take in them all.
"My dogs looked at me like I was the best person in the world," Zach recalls. "They couldn't see my desperation. They just saw the person they loved and looked forward to the future."
The guy started taking care of his pets and often took them for walks. Zach started eating healthier foods and spending a lot of time outdoors. He went to the doctor regularly and had tests. After a few months, doctors said he no longer needed a liver transplant. "My liver started working better," Zach recalls happily. "The doctor said I didn't have cirrhosis anymore."
Thanks to the three dogs, Zach has made a recovery and changed his life for the better. The man founded a nonprofit animal rescue organization that rescues animals in trouble and looks for new owners for them.
He has already saved more than 5,000 dogs from being put to sleep. Zach educates people about the health benefits of keeping pets. Rescued dogs, after being trained, provide therapeutic care to the disabled as well as hospital patients.
Sharing his own experience, Zach explains to people that by saving a dog, people can save their lives as well.
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