Brazil has not always been known for kindness to stray animals, but employees at a bus terminal in the city of Curitiba prove that warm-hearted humans can always be found.
When a trio of friendly street dogs began hanging around the station, the staff opened their doors – and their hearts – to help protect them from the cold.
The three dogs were dubbed Max, Pitoco and Zoinho by their new friends who provide them with food, water, and cozy beds fashioned from old tires. Each dog also has its own comforter to bundle up with!
Local politician and dog lover, Fabiane Rosa learned of the heartwarming set-up and shared a long post and several photos to Facebook. Rosa praised the staff for their kindness and called for more citizens to follow suit.
“Congratulations to the staff of this terminal, everyone understands that these angels are there and have the right to be,” Rosa wrote in part. “So many companies in Curitiba could follow this example, adopt a mascot. Of course it’s not ideal, but at least there’s someone looking out for them and for them [sic].”
The post went viral with more than 11,000 shares and 2,000 comments. Many Curitiba residents wrote that they had personally witnessed the kindness shown to Max, Pitoco and Zoinho.
“I always walk by the terminal and see how well they are treated,” one user commented.
Another noted that the dogs receive “a lot of affection from drivers, collectors, and passengers.”
Rosa also took the opportunity to encourage Brazilian citizens to report animal abuse and neglect.
“Abandonment is cruel, cowardly, it’s a crime. But we can change that sad reality together. Report!!! Don’t be afraid!!! You may be the only hope of these angels who suffer in silence.”
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