When Kiara Ijzendoorn and her family were driving down in Crete, Greece, they found a dog lying in the middle of the road and immediately knew there was something wrong as the pooch was barely able to move.
‘His leg was totally paralyzed. He had a big bump on his back that was his broken spine’, Ijzendoorn told The Dodo. It turned out the the dog had been living in a nearby barn, all by himself and completely neglected.
Ijzendoorn kept visiting the dog in the barn, and despite his physical ailments, the doggie was always very happy to see her. Ijzendoorn fell in love with the dog and decided to take the next big step. She took him to a local rescue organization where he was seen by a vet and got officially adopted by Ijzendoorn. Sadly, the vet determined that the dog had most likely been abused. The new owner named the dog Fos, which means ‘shining’ in Greek, perhaps as a promise for a brighter future.
Ijzendoorn and her family flew back to Holland and took their new pet with them. Even if Fos is still scared of older men and cats, today the dog is doing so much better and is recovering from a broken spine. Ijzendoorn has a new best friend, while Fos is shining with happiness.
Today, pets offer companionship, emotional support, reduced feelings of loneliness, and reduced stress levels. It also contributes to high self-esteem and positive emotions, especially for children. And although many people enjoy the company of their dog or cat and would never think of getting rid of their pet, consider it a family member. However, in many cases coexistence between humans and animals is not always successful and in some cases the relationship does not work out, when the family is committed, adoption is their last resort. There are various reasons why animals are abandoned on the street, some of these reasons are lack of time to give them adequate attention, economic hardship, unwanted litters, parenting issues. children, new family members or they lose their home.