We are all very busy and stressed out people, with our own problems to worry about. Sometimes, when we see something or somebody out in the world that might need our help and attention, it can be too easy to dismiss it as somebody else’s problem.

Imgur user bobisacat faced such a dilemma recently, having come across a chihuahua wandering across the railroad tracks after a long day at work in rural Vermont. However, she felt as if something was definitely wrong and decided to trust the instincts that were telling her to help.

She was right. The poor pupper was blind and deaf, confused and scared. Now I don’t know about your experience with chihuahuas, but personally I don’t find them to be the most welcoming and trusting dogs. Gaining the trust of this little pup was definitely going to be a challenge! “I have a lot of experience with animals,” she told Bored Panda. “In addition to volunteering and then working at an animal shelter for many years I have studied animal behavior/cognition pretty intensely. Currently I help with a TNR program for cats, occasionally foster and recently adopted a 13 yr old Pitbull. I love animals and appreciate the bond we have with them.”

“I never thought of leaving that little dog, it was not an option when I couldn’t see anyone stopping.”

Even without the experience of handling animals that bobisacat has, you can always help lost and distressed animals by calling a local shelter, if you can’t take them there yourself. “I hope that sharing my experience can help people slow down and realize that there may not be anyone else coming to save the day,” she told us. “It’s up to us to be that person, and it’s hard sometimes but we should always try.”

Scroll down below to see how the story unfolded for yourself, and enjoy the beautiful ending!

Imgur user  spotted something weird on the railroad tracks at the end of her work day

So she decided to investigate

What she found changed two elderly lives

Here’s how people reacted