A little love can transform lives. For these dogs , the kindness of one man has changed their whole world.David Fernández, a 26-year-old from Santiago, Chile, has been adopting stray dogs living in harsh conditions and giving them a little TLC. Where many would steer clear of street animals for fear of disease or germs, David takes them in and answers calls from fellow Chileans to rescue them.
He then gets them checked out at the vet and gives them food and warmth.
The abandoned pets are basically unrecognisable by the time they are rehomed.One of the dogs is Begona who was found wasting away at a landfill site. Salvador is another who grew up in a dangerous part of the city. David tells Metro.co.uk: ‘Salvador was very afraid and a little bit aggressive, physically. He had skin infections, fungus, and malnutrition. ‘Now he lives a happy and healthy life in Rancagua (like an hour south from the capital).’ David adds that it can take months to rehabilitate some of the animals at his shelter.
‘Esperenza has had huge psychological damage, had a lot of distrust, was malnourished, cold, broken. It took me six months to get her back.
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‘Now she is a princess.’
David has helped many other dogs become healthier and find new homes.
Here are some others whose lives were totally transformed:
Each year the Kennel Club receives thousands of entries from all around the world, carefully selecting he best dog photographs in ten categories: portrait, man’s best friend, dogs at play, dogs at work, puppy, oldies, young pup photographer (for entrants under 11), I love dogs because (for entrants between the ages of 12 and 17), assistance dogs, and rescue dogs.