A college student’s act of kindness towards a dying sanctuary dog has warmed the hearts of many. Janine Guido, founder of Speranza Animal Rescue, took in a homeless pit bull named Watson who was found alone in a park in Philadelphia. The student who found Watson took him to an emergency vet where it was discovered that he had cancer that was spreading, and his time was limited.
Despite the vet’s recommendation to put Watson down, the team at the sanctuary agreed that he could remain there to be as comfortable as possible. However, Guido had a gut feeling that things weren’t going to be great the next day and she didn’t want to leave Watson alone when he needed her the most.
Guido spent the entire night holding Watson in her arms, providing him with blankets and canine beds to keep him comfortable. She cried herself to sleep, and when she woke up, she knew that Watson was close to passing away.
Watson stopped eating and drinking and began pacing circles, indicating that his time had come. Guido continued to comfort him, telling him how much he was loved and that his life mattered. Eventually, Watson passed away, but he was loved, perhaps for the first time in his life.
Guido’s act of compassion towards Watson shows the importance of providing comfort and love to animals, especially those who have been neglected and abused. While it may not be possible to save every animal, it is possible to provide them with dignity and respect in their final moments.
In a world where animal cruelty is still prevalent, stories like Guido’s serve as a reminder of the power of compassion and empathy towards all living beings. Let us all strive to treat animals with the same