Dogs are known to be good companions and very loyal. They are also known to be very emotional and can be heartbroken, especially in the case where they are separated from their owners.

Many stray dogs out there are unable to trust people immediately after being abandoned. The owner could have passed away or left willingly or unwillingly. These dogs are usually rendered frustrated and afraid due to the unforeseen circumstances. Gaining trust usually takes a lot of time and patience.

Many stray dogs are abandoned every year. According to the World Health Organization, there are two hundred million stray dogs worldwide. The magnitude of the problem cannot be ignored. We need people who are willing to rescue dogs from a miserable homeless life.

To illustrate the suffering of an abandoned dog, I will refer to a story featured in the touching video at the end of this article.

It begins with a dog known as Noorung, who had been abandoned by an elderly couple as they could no longer take care of him after being taken ill themselves. According to people living in the area, the dog’s owners had moved away to seek medical care.

For a whole year, Noorung refused to leave the rocky shore where he and his owner would spend a lot of time fishing.

Noorung would look longingly into the distance as if waiting for a long lost friend.  Regardless of the weather conditions, even during winter, he refused to seek shelter at a safer place. When it rained, he would take refuge under a small rock hedge, barely escaping the pelting rain.

He refused to socialize with any person or any dog. Many people living near the place would feel sorry for the Noorung, but could not do much, as the frightened dog would not allow anyone near him. In spite of Noorung’s behavior, a persistent man would leave food for him every day and when all was clear, Noorung would eat.

Many wondered if he would ever accept any help that was offered. Some dogs would go near him and before long they were instinctively barking and chasing Noorung. One incident, in particular, left him with a bleeding, injured paw, after being chased by three dogs and almost falling into the raging sea.

After witnessing Noorung’s suffering for some time, the locals decided to call the owners of the dog so that they could come for him. The owners were heartbroken at the news of their heartbroken dog,  but could not do anything due to the fact that they were elderly, ailing and unable to make the trip. They did promise to come for him when they got better. Sadly, under the circumstances, it was not known when that would be and whether Noorung would still be alive by then.

The locals eventually organized a rescue that led to Noorung being caught shortly after being tranquilized. Interestingly, even on being shot with the tranquilizer, he still had the strength to go to the place where the elderly couple lived, prior to their departure. To the relief of the rescue team, the drugs finally overpowered him and they were able to take him for a much needed medical checkup.

The story has a happy ending, Noorung was treated by a veterinarian and was taken in by a local man who gave him a temporary home.

Stray dogs are a common occurrence all over the world. Thankfully in some countries, there are organizations that take in the dogs before they can get adoptive owners.  Sadly, in many other countries, there are not enough non-profit animal shelters to take in such dogs: they end up living an unbearable life on the streets and then finally meeting a sad death usually after being run over by a car.

All is not lost, you can make a difference in the life of a dog.

Adopt a dog today and give them a loving home.

Credit For Video: SBS TV via Youtube


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  3. I have had several dogs over the years but my little Havachon Koco proved he’s not only attached to me but he’s having none of my leaving him with a sitter. We get up every morning and he get’s his leash while I get ready for work. He comes to the office and sleeps at my feet until my husband picks him up mid-afternoon. They have their routine but when I get home a couple hours later he’s glued to my side and acts like I left him for a week! We went on vacation and left him with a sitter. I warned her he might try to come find me and the day after we left he pulled the leash from her hand and ran. Right down the drive and followed the route we took to get to her house for about 4 miles. There were no sightings of him and she called me 2 days after he went missing (I was mad she took so long but she thought with so many looking she’d get him). A FB friend of mine said she saw him about 36 hours in her yard about 4 miles and halfway home in her yard. She thought a neighbor had company and didn’t report him. There were so many people out looking even though they thought for sure either someone took him or he was eaten by a coyote. It took us another 3 days to get an early flight home as it was a weekend and the island only had one flight a day and they were all full. I was so stressed I sat in my hotel room and cried the whole rest of the trip until I could get on a flight home. I went to the store at 3am and got materials to plaster the town with posters and fliers. I took a detour near where he’d been seen and stood outside yelling up the railroad tracks for him. I checked the nearby gas station and they had a flier so I headed home for 3 hours sleep before going on once daylight hit. Within half an hour there were 2 sighting of Koco near where I’d been calling. I think he followed his way home up to the freeway and not knowing where to go from there hid in the shrubs near the tracks and that’s why no one saw him before. He heard or smelled me and came out looking! When we were called we rushed over there and saw him running up the tracks at full speed away from us. I drove along the tracks so fast my car was bottoming out but he wouldn’t slow down. He was dragging a leash and some barbed wire and flying. I managed to get around him and yell before he had the change to get to far running in the opposite direction. He stopped, looked at me and after a second flew to me and jumped into my arms. He wasn’t going to let himself be found or caught until he found his mama! I still can’t believe he survived on his own in the woods without food, water, in the sleet and rain with the coyotes and wild animals for five full days without anyone ever seeing him. Hundreds of people spent days and even more after I offered a $500 reward and not even one glimpse of him. I was home for 3 hours and the first place (don’t know what made me try there) I went and called for him and I had him home. Don’t know how I’ll ever be able to take another vacation again!!! I am so thankful and amazed he wasn’t even hurt, and he’s a bit more aggressive. Developed some survival skills for sure. Just lost some weight and still having nightmares. I can’t imagine what he went thru to try to get home to me!


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