It’s amazing the type of bond that humans and animals can have with each other. This story, about a school bus driver and a stray dog is one that can brighten anyone’s day. This story is brought to us by Feed The Furbabies Canada, a group dedicated to providing food and supplies to rescued pets, and to making sure that stray animals in rural communities don’t go hungry.
The Bus Driver And The Stray Dog
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Two years ago, a school bus driver, who has asked to remain anonymous because helping this pup involves her making unscheduled stops on her route, noticed a dog digging through trash, desperate to find something to eat. He was very thin and it was clear that he needed help.
She saw the dog later on and this time tossed him a bag full of dog food. He was hesitant at first, but accepted this act of kindness and a tradition began.
Kareena Grywinski, founder of Feed The Furbabies Canada, told The Dodo, “She has continued to feed him every day, Monday to Friday, at the same location. He sits and patiently waits every day no matter what the weather is like.”
While the dog may still seem a little nervous, it’s clear that he is doing a lot better than he was two years ago. The fact that he comes back every day shows that this food is what gets him through the day.
In an ideal world there would be a home for every stray dog, but with so many strays in that are, not everyone can be collected and brought in. Making sure they are fed goes a long way to ensuring that they can find a home one day.
“This community has over a 100 dogs needing to be rescued; it breaks our hearts that we can’t take them all home,” Grywinski said. “There just aren’t enough foster homes available for these precious pets. We do the best we can by providing them food and dog houses until a space opens up in a rescue for them.”
If you do come across a stray dog and you want to help, there are some things that you should remember :
- Safety First. Safety is important when it comes to dealing with a stray; your safety, the dog’s safety, and the safety of anyone else that is around. It’s important to stay calm and not panic the dog, which could make it run out into traffic or attack. If you see a stray and it appears injured, agitated, or even rabid, it could attack. Note its location and your call animal control. If you can, stay on the scene to and monitor the animal so you can point it out when help arrives.
- You Have The Dog, Now What. If the dog is approachable and not a threat, try and get them into your car using kind words and the promise of a treat. You should take the dog to a shelter where they can scan for a microchip if they don’t have a collar. They also may have news or information about a missing pet.
- Going The Extra Mile. If you take the dog home with you, or the shelter releases them back into your care, try and do whatever you can to get the dog found. If it was your pet, you would want someone to do the same. Put up flyers, spread images and info over social media, whatever you can to get the dog back where it belongs.
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