I remember visiting my home land Puerto Rico when I was a child. One of the images that stuck in my head were the amount of dogs running the streets at night. I felt broken and I didn’t understand why these animals weren’t at home with their owners. Growing up in America, the majority of dogs had a family or at the very least, lived in a shelter that provided them safety.
They have a roof over their heads, food and will hopefully find a home.
In Puerto Rico & Brazil however, the streets are full of street dogs fighting to survive. Every day is a struggle, especially for food.
But a young animal lover, João Araújo, came up with a clever idea to help as many dogs as he can.
With few materials, he built a dog restaurant that is open 24 hours a day.
But, he didn’t just put out a food bowl, he built a real miniature restaurant that dogs can go to if they are hungry or thirsty. Bon Appetit!!
His idea was so well received that he has opened more “restaurants” in the city, all built from recycled materials.
Unfortunately, the project has faced some difficulties. Several of the “restaurants” have been stolen and destroyed. But, with the help of several others, he keeps building restaurants and helping as many dogs as possible.
“If they steal one, I build two.”
His idea has inspired others and now there are more Brazilian cities that have followed his exam