This terrified and starving stray puppy has made an incredible transformation since being rescued
While stray dogs are a rarer sight in the United States, there are some countries in which it's fairly common to see them roam the streets without a home to call their own. When you are used to seeing them as pets, pampered at home and fawned over on walks, it can be quite a shock to see them scavenging for food in dark alleyways.
In India, there is a major issue with stray dogs at present, with the epidemic of street dogs causing problems for both humans and canines. Without the proper care and left in the wild, these dogs can end up suffering from all manner of diseases and ailments, including rabies. According to the World Health Organization, roughly 36% of the world's rabies deaths each year occur in India, mostly when children come into contact with infected dogs.
Thankfully, there are some people out there doing the good work to ensure that at least some of these strays find a home. Animal Aid Unlimited is a vital rescue centre for street animals in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India, offering sanctuary and medical services for those that are ill or injured. Not only that - but they provide life-long care for the ones that need it.
Recently, workers from this charity saved a dog that was on the brink of death, ensuring that he can lead a much happier life. 'Jumper' was found outside in a plastic bag. Not only was he starving, but he could barely stand due to an extremely painful wound in his hip.
However, after the charity got a hold of him, he's doing a lot better - and after six weeks in their care, he looks like an entirely new dog.
"We got a call to rescue a very sick street puppy," the charity wrote in their post. "We found him hiding in a plastic bag, and the moment we touched the bag he screamed in pain."
"He was desperately hungry so we could coax him out with biscuits, but every time we tried to touch him he cried out. He had severe mange and a deep wound on his hip that was causing him the shooting pains every time he moved.
"This dear little boy was in so much pain and agitation, his worried eyes never relaxed for even a moment in the first several days after rescue."
While the video isn't easy to watch, it's worth it for the uplifting end:
The comments on the YouTube video echo the thoughts I'm sure we're all having about the people that made Jumper's recovery possible.
"The world needs more people like you," one wrote. "You guys are wonderful and amazing, I'm so happy for the dog that he survived," another added, while one user said: "Jumper is the cutest little thing. Thank you so much for saving this poor doggo... You are heros to all".
Now Jumper gets to live a happy life in a loving environment!