We would like the fate of every stray dog to be absolutely different. We cannot become blind to a harsh reality that is staring us in the face, and in which very few people intervene to give them the chance they deserve.
But in Taiwan, there is an organization called Animal Shelters, made up of independent volunteers who receive no government support, but whose commitment and love for the most vulnerable is so strong that they achieve true miracles thanks to their compassion.
They were alerted to a small dog lying on the side of the road.
And although they were warned that what they would find would be shocking, nothing could prepare them for such a scene.
That day was one of the rainiest, and the poor little dog lay almost motionless, covered with an umbrella that one of the villagers had left him to protect him, so that at least he wouldn’t get wet.
They also left him some food.
Although it would have been better if everyone who saw it in that depressing state had done something for the little animal, the rescuer saw with good eyes that at least some good people, within their few possibilities, had that gesture of love for the little creature.
When he approached, what he saw broke his heart completely….
Both of the dog’s paws were cut off, one of them was completely rotten and swollen, and infested with maggots.
When he wanted to pet it to show it that he could trust it, he realized that it would be much harder than it looked.
He was so scared and nervous, he only showed aggression. It was his way of defending himself after so much suffering and mistreatment inflicted by humans.
He had lost all faith in humanity.
Why can we become so cruel to these innocent little angels?
How could the poor dog endure so much pain? It is something that outrages us and we will always disown the human race for committing such deplorable acts against animals that only know how to give love.
The volunteer had to use a muzzle to prevent the dog from biting him. And although he tried to show him that he was very different from all the others, the little dog was still very sullen, fearing that he would be hurt again.
With much effort, she managed to snuggle him in her arms and lay him lovingly and carefully in the back of the van.
But still, the little furry one was reluctant to trust. He remained reluctant, and in an attack position, not only because of the great physical pain he felt, but surely the very presence of the human reminded him of his stormy past.
He was begging with his eyes and his crying to be soothed from so much pain.
Finally, he was taken to the organization’s veterinarians, who in order to save his life, sadly had to amputate his legs.
They named him Shanxin
Days after the delicate surgery, Shanxin began to thrive.
They kept him in his cage, and with infinite patience, his rescuers spent hours and days, trying to slowly approach him to try to regain his confidence.
They were touched that Shanxin never gave up. He fought so hard to save her life that it was worth every effort to win her heart.
Soon, they got him a wheelchair, which was like the big anchor he needed to start a life full of love and self-improvement, together with the other rescued dogs at the shelter.
Finally, Shanxin gave them the best of smiles.
And it didn’t take her long to show them that she finally trusted her rescuers. Now he lives to the fullest, he doesn’t mind having only two paws, because he is as happy as can be in his condition, he is loved for the way he is. And his rescuers couldn’t be prouder that their efforts paid off.
The great transformation of this little dog is a reminder that with a little love, every creature can heal all of its sad past, no matter how raw it may be. We send our blessings to these heroes without capes. The world needs more angels like this.