A young boy in Mexico had to make a heart-breaking decision in order to protect his puppy.
Xollin, a rescue shelter in Michoacan, Mexico, recently found a cardboard box outside their building. Inside, they found a pit bull pup and a note explaining why the pup had been left on their doorstep.
The tragic explanation shook the staff and after they decided to share the story on Facebook, people from all over the world have been reaching out to offer their help and to praise the young boy who gave up his puppy.
The note revealed that the person who’d left the puppy outside Xollin was a twelve-year-old boy named Andrés.
He loved the puppy deeply but was unable to keep him; the puppy was not safe in his home.
Andrés revealed that his father was mistreating the dog and subjecting it to physical violence.
Andrés and his mother decided that the only way they could protect the pup and give him a better life was to give him up.
Andrés’s note, originally written in Spanish, read;
‘My name is Andrés and I am 12 years old,’ the letter reads in English. ‘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. I left him a stuffed animal so he won’t forget me.’
The heartbreak Andrés is experiencing is painfully evident in the note. It’s clear just how much he loves the little puppy, but in order to keep the pup safe, he had to give him up.
The staff at the shelter were deeply moved by the boy’s note.
They named the pup Rene and while giving him a health check they discovered that the pup’s tail was fractured and that he was suffering from parasites.
Luckily for Rene, he’s now in good hands. The good people of Xollin are making sure that he gets the treatment he needs, and they are also looking for the perfect home for him.
After they shared Rene’s story on Facebook, hundreds of requests to adopt him dropped in, so it is just a matter of time before he finds his forever home.
Xollin are incredibly thankful that so many people are willing to help Rene, but they also want to remind people that there are many more animals that are in need of rescuing – not just the ones that go viral.
Hopefully, the people who’ve felt inspired to adopt Rene will consider adopting a different pup in need if they don’t end up becoming Rene’s new family.
Thanks to Andrés’s sacrifice, Rene won’t have to live in fear anymore.
The brave young boy put the wellbeing of the pup first, even though it meant giving up the puppy he loves so much. It’s a heroic display of love and selflessness, but it is horrible and cruel that he was ever put in this situation.
We’re glad that Xollin are honouring Andrés’s brave and selfless act and are working so hard to give Rene the family and happy life he deserves.
Rene will live a long and happy life, and we’re sure that he’ll always remember the sweet boy who loved him enough to make it happen.