An emaciated dog named “Mojo,” recently died after being unintentionally starved by his elderly owner, who suffered from dementia. The dog’s tragic death has prompted the creation of a Facebook page, and a plea for people to pay attention – to speak up – to be aware of those around them.
The request, as shared on Mojo’s Mission, begins with a sad recount of how Mojo was unintentionally forgotten:
Mojo was a tiny Chihuahua that was found locked in a room where his owner with Alzheimer’s lived.
He was rescued, but it wasn’t soon enough. He was unintentionally neglected to the point where he lost his life because of it. Starved. Cold. Alone. Forgotten about because of a terrible disease.
As well as an explanation of how Mojo was not the only victim in this tragic situation:
Mojo wasn’t the only victim. His owner was too. Where was her family? Where were her friends? Where were her neighbors and the health care professionals? Mojo didn’t starve to death overnight. He suffered for months and months. Mojo’s passing has made me (and many others,) think about how many other pets may be suffering the same way that Mojo did. There are so many elderly people that are just forgotten about.
And finally…the plea for people to take action and make a difference:
Right here. Right now. I challenge EVERYONE to reach out. Reach out to your local vet’s offices. Reach out to your local Senior Centers. Reach out to your local Area Agency on Aging. Reach out to your local churches. Make contact with ONE person that is aged, a shut-in, disabled … offer them and their pet whatever you can. Even if it’s just a check-in phone call every few days. Do they need a ride to take their pet to the vet’s office? Do they need meds picked up from the vet’s office? Can they afford the next bag of dog food/cat food?
I encourage you to share Mojo’s Mission….you may just save a life, or two!
Find Mojo’s Mission on Facebook here.
Pet Rescue Report on Facebook here.
(Photo via Patti Mansfield/Facebook)