Most kids would throw a tantrum just at the idea of losing their favorite toy, but one 9-year-old boy from Argentina didn’t even hesitate to give his skateboard away if it meant helping an injured animal.
Mauco Abeiro had been playing outside with his younger brother when he spotted a stray dog in the street near his home. As he got closer, he realized the poor animal had a broken leg and couldn’t walk. Instead of leaving the dog, Mauco gently picked it up and carried it home.
However, when his mom Laura saw what he had brought home, she had to explain that they couldn’t afford to help the dog. “I had told them that we could not have pets, since we are in a very bad economic situation,” Laura said. “We could not afford treatment for the dog.” Mauco couldn’t take no for an answer and found a solution a few days later. “Mauco arrived one day from school and said very firmly, ‘Mom, I’m going to sell my skateboard to take him to the vet.'”
“Hi, I’m Mauco, Laura’s son. She lent me her Facebook because I don’t have one,” he wrote to advertise his skateboard. “Look at this puppy. I found him in the street. He is sick and has a broken leg. I fed him and gave him a bath, but he needs treatment. I’m selling my skateboard to take him to the vet. If anyone is interested in the skateboard, leave your number here so my mom can call you. Thank you, Mauco.”
His post quickly went viral and has since been liked nearly eight thousand times, but instead of buying his favorite toy, strangers around the world started sending donations so they could get the dog treatment. The dog, who Mauco named Rocco, is still currently healing, but has a new home and family to care for him. “Rocco runs slowly, but at least he is already running,” Laura said. “And Mauco is very happy. Things have not been easy for our family lately, but he never lost his love for animals.”
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[Featured Image: Facebook/MLau Jorge]