Life is often unfair to little critters. There are many cases of abandoned puppies, cats, and other animals. It’s very sad to see how careless and heartless people can be. Leaving their pets on the side of the road, tied to a tree, and sometimes even worse… That’s why it’s very refreshing to see a happy story with a great ending.

A man called Goran Marinkovic feeds and takes care of stray animals. In March of 2020, when he went to visit them, he found a little surprise: an abandoned puppy sleeping next to a shoe. Goran noticed that the pup was ill and hungry. The man took the little pup into his home, named him Smesten, and helped him recover into a beautiful, healthy, and happy dog.

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Goran Marinkovic found this little pup while feeding stray dogs

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He was thrown away like garbage, surrounded by trash and looked very ill

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He slept next to a shoe, which the pup used as a shelter to hide from the elements

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We managed to get an interview with Goran. He is a man of few words, and all he wanted to do was return to his animals as soon as possible, which is very commendable. Goran told us: “I save animals that are endangered, that live on the street. I take care of animals because I love them, I love animals equally everything, cats, dogs, others…” It’s very sweet to see when people love all animals and want to help them in times of need.

There was no sign of a mother or any dog that could take care of him. The pup was all alone

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The puppy was very skinny. It was obvious he hadn’t been eating and drinking very well

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Goran took the pup, fed him and brought him to the vets

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Goran feeds abandoned animals on the streets. He finds more and more every day. For example, currently, he’s feeding around 100 cats and dogs, which is crazy. Goran said: “I feed abandoned animals on the street that are not getting food from humans and have no owners. Their numbers are constantly rising.” It’s saddening to hear that people are so carelessly abandoning their animals and throwing them in the streets.

After the pupper was brought home by Goran, he started feeling and looking much better, thanks to all the love, food and care he got

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Goran named the pup Smesten and adopted him

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Goran does everything for free as a volunteer. He usually works alone, but sometimes gets some help from friends. It’s no secret that it’s difficult to do this kind of work. The cost of food and vets is expensive and it takes lots of time. Thankfully, there are people out there who are ready to make that sacrifice for the animals.

Smesten is very playful and energetic, but also loves napping very much

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Smesten has a lot of brothers and sisters he can play with, even though he’s much smaller than them

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After six months, Smesten is unrecognizable

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Please consider helping out the stray animals in your area, perhaps by volunteering or donating to a shelter. Or just go hang out with the animals in shelters, they would appreciate the company. Also, before you take an animal into your home, please make sure that you’re ready. Animals are not toys, they are living beings and deserve all the love and care in the world.

He grew up to be a beautiful, friendly, and loving dog—full of energy, very healthy, and ready for adventures

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Kindness, love, and consideration saved Smesten’s life. All thanks to amazing people like Goran

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