Many of us call ourselves dog lovers. However, do you love a dog enough to drive almost 3,000 miles to save its life?
A man named Mario Rodriguez adores dogs but has a special place in his heart for Pit Bulls. Mario grew up with Pit Bulls and even raised his kids with Pit Bulls as part of their family. While some people see Pit Bulls as killers or violent dogs, Mario sees them as lovebugs.
So, when Mario’s wife told him about a two-year-old Pit Bull named Hickory, he instantly fell in love and wanted to adopt him. The only problem was that Hickory was already on a kill list at the Animal Care Centers of New York City.
Mario works as a truck driver and his current location was in California, which was approximately 2,800 miles away from where Hickory was staying. He also knew that Hickory didn’t have a lot of time left. However, he was determined to rescue Hickory and adopt him.
After telling his wife that he was going on a mission to rescue Hickory, Mario contacted his employer who was very accommodating and scheduled a delivery route that would take him to New York. After soring everything on his end, Mario called the animal shelter and told them he was coming to adopt Hickory.
Mario called the animal shelter every single day to make sure that they didn’t let anyone touch Hickory. After six long days on the road, Mario finally arrived in New York. He headed straight to the Brooklyn Animal Care Centers shelter where he was about to meet Hickory for the first time.
Although it was Hickory’s first time meeting Mario, he knew that he was going to be rescued. He jumped on the kennel door and started giving Mario puppy kisses. His tail was wagging nonstop and was very excited to be let out of his kennel.
After Mario signed the paperwork, he said his thanks and goodbyes to the emotional animal shelter staff and volunteers who were so happy to see Hickory getting a second chance. Now, Hickory is finally home with his new family in Georgia. Here’s a video featuring Hickory’s story and how he was rescued by a man that was almost 3,000 miles away.
Video Source Do You Know! via YouTube