Any animal lover would tell you that their dogs are more than just pets, they are family. We shower them with toys, love, yummy treats, and would do anything to ensure their well-being. But sadly, not everyone thinks of dogs in this way. For whatever reason, people don’t see dogs as sweet, loving animals and often give them up, sometimes even deserting them on the side of the road.

But there is hope for these forgotten pups. This is the story of Charlie Bravo, a dog who found abandoned in horrible shape but now has her own Facebook page with over 25,000 people following her heroic story.

Charlie was found one day when a father and son were out riding their motorcycles. They saw a crate on the side of the road and pulled over to look – and good thing they decided to stop. Inside the crate, they found what would have been a full-size dog reduced to a ragged, scabby skeleton. She smelled so strongly of death that the father and son couldn’t stand to be downwind, her white feet stained brown from standing hunched in her own feces.

The sweet pup had oozing abrasions on her hips, spine, head and legs. The father and son initially thought that she had been hit by a car until they realized that these open wounds weren’t road rash at all, but contact sores from living inside the filthy crate.

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Not knowing how long she had been left to fend for herself on the side of the road, they knew leaving her was out of the question. They raced home to get their truck and then safely got the dog into the truck and on the road to recovery. 

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The dog aptly named Charlie Bravo stole the family’s heart. Even though their house was full of other dogs, they couldn’t say no to Charlie.

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Now, not only does this pup have a forever home but she is an advocate for the importance of treating animals kindly.

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Charlie Bravo went from being left in a crate to die of starvation to the queen of the household and she is inspiring people everywhere to help animals in their own town.  

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This sweetie’s story is a testament to how we can all do our part to help solve the pet homelessness crisis.

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Many people don’t realize the extent of the pet homelessness issue in the U.S. While we love and adore the dogs we share our homes with, the fact that there are some 70 million stray cats and dogs living on the streets gets easily ignored. These animals need a loving home just as much as any other does, but sadly, they rarely get the chance. Of the six to eight million homeless animals that are brought into animal shelters a year, only a small fraction ever end up being adopted.

Please always spay and neuter your pets and urge your friends and family to do the same. For more ways on how you can get involved to help save animals, click here. To follow Charlie’s journey, like her Facebook page! 

Image Source: Charlie Bravo/Facebook