Upon seeing a dirty, sickly dog on the street, most of us will pass it by. However, it is a living creature, dreaming of a warm home and a kind owner. Saving one dog won't change the world, but it will change the world for that one dog – this is the principle that every animal rescuer follows. One of them is David Fernandez, 26, from Chile whose mission is to help animals in need.
When he arrives at the rescue scene, he often finds a creature covered in scabies, wounds, and mats. Some of dogs are in such a deplorable condition that passersby don't even dare touch them. Fernandez takes the poor animals to the veterinary hospital and later helps them find a home and a loving family.
In Santiago, the capital of Chile, where David works, there are lots of stray dogs. Although the locals generally treat the animals with compassion and try to feed them and help them survive, the growing population of abandoned dogs is a serious problem for the city. Fifty-seven percent of Chileans believe the only way to reduce the number of stray dogs is by catching and putting them to sleep, but the authorities are still trying to control the numbers by limiting the birth rate – large funds are allocated from the city budget for spaying and neutering dogs. So, David and his colleagues have a lot of work to do.
To show who is hiding behind emaciated, matted and mud-covered creatures, David posts photos of stray dogs on social media before and after their rescue.
This is how his pets have transformed after a few months of care and love:
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