Since its opening five years ago, the little Peruvian eatery Ajilalo has delighted its four-legged patrons with this lovely ritual.
Gerardo Ortiz, the eatery’s owner, had a practice of feeding stray puppies even before he opened his restaurant. However, when a Sᴛʀᴀʏ dog named Ajilalo approached his restaurant, his heart clenched and he created a special meal for her.
Since then, Ortiz has committed his life to feeding homeless, malnourished dogs. Gerardo never turned away any of the Sᴛʀᴀʏ dogs that had come to the restaurant seeking food throughout the years. Even for the animals, he constructed water and food dispensers at the restaurant’s entrance.
Although many of the dogs are frequent “clients,” there are occasionally some newcomers as well. When he observes a new puppy asking for food with the cutest eyes, Gerardo is overwhelmed with happiness.
Along with food, Gerardo also names the dogs so he can more readily recognize them and determine if he has given them the day’s portion.
Gerardo continued to feed the helpless pups during these difficult times even though the epidemic had a severe negative impact on the restaurant.
Given the increased number of animals without homes as a result of many low-income households getting rid of their cats and dogs owing to the global catastrophe brought on by the coronavirus, he realized his assistance was needed much more than previously.
“Unfortunately, there are a lot of instances of pups being ᴀʙᴀɴᴅᴏɴᴇᴅ in the country, and what is most concerning is the overcrowding brought on by the sale of animals and the lack of mass sterilizations.
Gerardo told UPSOCL, “I think we could stop so much abuse if the Peruvian government backed the shelters and started sterilization drive all around the nation.
Since many citizens of the community are inspired to learn about the issue and come to help with donations, Gerardo’s selfless work is undoubtedly having an impact.
Additionally, Gerardo used the opportunity to phone other restaurants and ask them to donate food to the neediest.
He said, “If each business combined the leftover food at the end of the day, all the puppies without a home would be fed, and we could even help shelters with that.”
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