Life can be hard for a stray dog. They are left to fend for themselves: homeless, they have to find their own food and shelter on the streets.
It’s even more heartbreaking when the stray is just a puppy. A little dog was getting by on her own, with just one old shoe for her comfort. But when a rescuer found the poor pup, he stepped up to give her a new life.
Goran Marinkovic, from Serbia, is a man dedicated to helping all the stray animals in his community. He currently feeds over 100 stray dogs, a huge labor of love that he pays for out of his own pocket.
“Except for animals that are in danger of extinction, that live on the street. I take care of animals because I love them,” he told Bored Panda. “I feed abandoned animals on the street that do not receive food from humans and do not have owners. Their numbers are constantly increasing.”
But of all the animals she helped, one pup she discovered last March really stands out. When he found the little pup, alone and fending for herself, she was using an old shoe for shelter.
He found the pup in a garbage heap after hearing its cries. “Going through a narrow path, I heard a cry coming from the rocks,” Goran told The Dodo. “I was cold, hungry and thirsty. He had food, so I immediately gave him salami.”
Goran did not see mother or other cubs. She realized the pup was alone, and she doubted she would survive much longer outdoors with just an old boot for warmth.
So, he decided to help the dog, help that she enthusiastically accepted.
“I was exhausted,” Goran said. “She knew that I might be her only chance, so she lay down and surrendered to fate.”
According to The Dodo, he named the stray pup Coco, and once she was safe, he realized that she had a bright and cheerful personality and was good with people.
Goran then went to work trying to find Coco a forever home. After sharing her story on social media, she answered adoption requests and found the perfect home for her in Germany.
He says he keeps in touch with the family and receives photos of Coco, which show how much the dog has grown and changed since last year. Goran says that Coco is currently traveling with her new family.
It’s a very happy ending for Coco, but Goran is far from over. She will continue to care for as many stray dogs as she can and hopes they can find homes like Coco.
“Every dog rescued from the street that finds a home is a victory for me,” he told The Dodo.
It takes a very kind person to step up and help stray animals. We’re so happy that Coco now has a loving forever home – she’s come a long way since living in a shoe!
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