National Love Your Pet Day is Thursday, Feb. 20! Check out photos from around the world of sponsored friends with their pets.
We’re so excited to share with you the story of Gregorio, one of our sponsored aging friends in Mexico. Gregorio has a history of finding sick or abandoned animals and bringing them home to nurse them back to health.
Here are a few questions we asked him recently:
What made you decide to help animals on the street?
My mom and my dad always told me to be good with people and animals. I feel so much compassion for them.
I remember crying over three newborn baby cats I found abandoned in a soccer field. I decided to help them and see them grow.
Where do you find these animals?
I’ve found them everywhere: near my house, close to our church, at the soccer field, in the rural areas.
Please describe your favorite or most fond memory of your pet(s).
Wow, the truth is that I have adored them all, but there was Alaska.
Alaska was my neighbor’s dog. He bit my neighbor’s brand new mattress and made holes in it. I told him to let me have Alaska, and he gave him to me.
Alaska was big, black and white, with grey-colored eyes. His tale was long and in a spiral.
I enjoyed going out with him. He would run next to me riding my bike. Both of us would go to the river and he would jump right in, come out and shake his body, getting me totally wet. I did not care about that; I just laughed.
I enjoyed his company so much. He was with me in my ups and downs; he was strong and obedient. He was my partner. Sadly he died of a virus.
How has the CFCA Hope for a Family program helped you?
Every month I receive my food provisions, and on special occasions I get gifts. I also receive vitamins, shoes and clothing.
Whenever I need some help with some medicine or we are sick, we can come to CFCA and get help.