The other day I saw a case where a helpless tiny chihuahua named Mojo starved to death, locked in a room all alone, for no other reason than his elderly owner with Alzheimer's forgot about him. He was discovered too late and despite rescuer's efforts, little Mojo passed away.
Another case I read about was where a woman was sentenced to prison and she told no one about her one-year-old pup back at home. The pup, so in love with his owner, while starving to death, crawled onto a pile of his owner's clothes, looking for comfort while dying, and eventually starving to death, all alone. The abandoned pet was discovered when neighbors noted a fly infestation coming from the residence.
On Amazon: Literature on Rescuing Dogs.-
My heart cries out in anguish and my tears run free for these poor, defenseless victims of this kind of slow, cruel tragedy. I can only hope that they have a better experience now that they've crossed that mythical rainbow bridge.
For the first case, Mojo, there is a Facebook page dedicated to helping prevent these kinds of languishing tragedies. On this page, you will find Mojo's Mission, a statement or plea for help that has been created by the people to help save innocent victims like this. Their challenge to you, me and anyone else who might read this is as follows:
To your local vet's offices;
Your local Senior Centers;
Your local Area Agency on Aging;
Your local churches.
Make contact with ONE person that is aged, a shut-in, disabled ... offer them and their pet whatever you can. Even if it's just a check-in phone call every few days. Do they need a ride to take their pet to the vet's office? Do they need meds picked up from the vet's office? Can they afford the next bag of dog food/cat food?
I encourage you to share Mojo's Mission….you may just save a life, or two!
It's an admirable cause that I would like to take a step further, in a few ways.
That step is to make it so that all medical facilities or law enforcement organizations ALWAYS take steps to determine if any person that comes into their care has a pet in their life. If they do, then they need to follow through to make sure that animal is being cared for.
Most organizations or even most of society is not geared towards thinking about the furry companions in people's lives. There are loopholes in the system of humanity that makes this all too easy.
It's bad enough when cruel, heartless humans use animals with horrible intentions, no matter what the reason. But there are those of us who can speak out and act for the furry victims of abuse or bad circumstances.
It's up to those of us with big hearts to keep an ever watchful eye out for things like animals in hot cars, neighbors whose day-to-day patterns seem to change, to keep an eye out for that family that just went on vacation... etc.
Don't be afraid to be nosy or seem like you're acting like an ahole. Being an ahole may very well save a life. And if just one more life can be saved, it would be worth it.
Let's keep Mojo's Mission in mind and make it all our missions to keep an eye out for the animals of humanity. And for anyone who has experienced or seen videos, dogs do appreciate the persons who saved their lives, rescued them from squalor, and the like. And as so many have said, many question who was really rescued, them or us?
(Header image, used with permission by the folks at Mojo's Mission FB page... THANK YOU! Visit their link, follow their page, give your support and help spread awareness.)
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Other sources that inspired this piece. To be honest, there are some seriously sad images at these links. I used the links to show my sources, but I'm not sure you want to follow them through.