Earlier this week, employees at Fayetteville Animal Protection Society in North Carolina arrived to discover a crate placed outside their door, concealed under a blanket. In that moment, a wave of disappointment washed over them.
“Our first thought was, ‘Oh no, not another case of irresponsible pet ownership,'” recounted Jackie Peery, the shelter’s executive director, to The Dodo. “We were prepared for the possibility of finding a litter of puppies abandoned because their owners hadn’t spayed or neutered them, or because someone was relocating and couldn’t take their pet along.”
Upon opening the crate, we indeed found a lively litter of puppies. But there was an unexpected surprise waiting for us inside.
“Then we saw the note,,” Peery exclaimed, “It was a moment of pure awe.”
As clarified in the note, this wasn’t a gesture of desertion.
It was a demonstration of affection.
The letter states:
“Please help! I found these puppies sadly after noticing a local stray dog that I would often feed when I could, dead by the road. She had been hit by a car. I knew from feeding her that she had puppies somewhere and after searching where I would usually see her I found them. I’m sorry for leaving them like this but I myself am homeless and cannot afford to care for them …”
“My heart shatters for them and their mother. I just want them to be given the chance their mother, like myself, was never given. Please do not think poorly of me but it felt wrong leaving them alone in the cold waiting on a mother that would not be coming home. Sincerely, nameless man.”
He rescued them.
Peery was taken aback as she read the note.
“This anonymous individual dedicated himself to locating these puppies to ensure their well-being,” she remarked. “He remains an enigma — our very own unsung hero.”
Meanwhile, the puppies he saved are flourishing, all thanks to him.
“When they first arrived, you could tell they weren’t in the best shape. But now, it’s a whole different story,” Peery noted, “It’s like they understand they’ve been given a second chance and are just soaking up all the love and joy..”
Peery is confident that each of the puppies will eventually find loving homes. However, she hopes the anonymous individual who rescued them will reveal themselves, deserving recognition for their kindness.
“We’re keeping our fingers crossed that he comes forward,” Peery expressed. “There’s a whole community here ready to support him just as I have supported these puppies. It would be wonderful to thank him in person and perhaps even help him in return.”