One humid morning, Joyci was on her way to work when she spotted a very sick dog, who was skin and bones and scavenging through the wet garbage with only a few strands of hair covering his back. This isn’t an unusual sight in Iquitos or in most places in South America, where strays roam around in large numbers. But Joyci felt an immediate obligation to help the poor dog, but before she could do anything, the dog was gone.
“She returned the next day hoping to find the canine in need, but no luck. She was about to give up when – from a distance – she noticed another dog in dire need of care,” writes Ursula Vari on YouTube. “Covered in mange and bacterial infections, malnourished and on the verge of death the dog stood in traffic, as if wanting to deliberately end his own life.”
“He felt like he didn’t matter to all those who walked by him day after day turning a blind eye,” says Ursula. “But he did matter to Joyci.”
“The dog’s eyes penetrated deep into his soul, one could see years of indifference and suffering at the hand of the very human that domesticated him. Right there, on a steamy early afternoon Joyci promised the dog that she will never let him be in that state…ever again.”