When Hurricane Maria became a severe threat to the people of Puerto Rico, many of its residents decided to flee the island to avoid becoming casualties. But with the lack of preparation and time, many of them had no choice but to leave their pets behind. While there were dogs that had the safety of homes, the numerous strays living in the streets were exposed to the natural disaster.
Kristen Aaron, an animal rights advocate, knew that Puerto Rico had this serious stray animal problem, so she went to the area right after the hurricane hit. She wanted to document the aftermath to show the world this dilemma. She roamed the debris-strewn streets capturing footage and images. Then on the day before she had to go back home to the US, she met a caged puppy and fell instantly in love with her.
Alone in a rusted crate
Kristen was on her last full day in Puerto Rico, and as she was wrapping up, her group went to a place where they had dogs staying in cages. And when Kristen reach the last row in the back, she saw this puppy, sitting alone in a rusted crate. The puppy looked sad and lonely, sitting atop soiled newspapers, with a bowl on each of her sides.
Kristen couldn’t help but feel sorry for the dog and wanted to show her some love. So she asked one of the people there if she could hold the puppy in her arms. They agreed and took out the pup. Once she was in Kirsten’s arms, the puppy immediately lit up.
The little pooch started to wag her tail furiously and licked Kirsten’s face. It was very visible that she was happy, mainly because someone was giving her attention. Kirsten learned that the dog grew up in the crate and was basically left alone. For the first time, the neglected dog had someone hold her.
Taking her home
Upon hearing the story, Kirsten knew that there was no way she was going to leave the dog behind. One of the people in their group offered to help find a foster for the puppy until her papers were done, and she could go to the US. Kristen went back home the next day full of hope that soon, the pup, which she named Carolina, would soon follow.
In a couple of weeks, Carolina was flying to the US. Kristen picked her up and fostered her along with her other dogs. And in no time, a vet adopted Carolina. It was bittersweet for her to let Carolina go, but Kristen knew that she found the perfect family for her.
Source: The Dodo via Youtube