Even though they are meant for the dead, sometimes, cemeteries also provide solace for those people and creatures that are still living. For example, we’ll be looking at the Sarhento Mariano cemetery in the Philippines. This is a place meant for the dead, but a number of poor families often use it as shelter and many call it home. Along with these families, there are also about 150 dogs that also live at the cemetery, and were basically left to die there by their owners.
But thanks to the kindness of one woman, these dogs that no one wanted now have a new lease on life. Click through to read their story.
#12 The Only Option For Shelter
As mentioned, the Sarhento Mariano Cemetery was a place made to hold the bodies of people who had died. But when times got tough for some families, they had to set up shop here for shelter. People and animals alike lived together in these terrible conditions because it was all they had.
#11 Conditions Are Worse for the Dogs
While the people are of course struggling living here, it is nothing like what the dogs are going through on a day-to-day basis. The dogs are all extremely hungry, and lack love and affection. Many have developed sarcoptic mange, which is a condition that causes them to lose their fur.
#10 Shocking Discovery
Despite the large amount of people and animals living here, most people didn’t know how bad the conditions were there for both the humans and the dogs. But a couple of years ago, Ashley Bruno (who founded a local rescue group called Pasay Pups), discovered the place and couldn’t believe her eyes.
#9 On Death’s Door
She was so shocked and appalled that she knew she had to do something to help. Most of the animals here were near death and she simply could barely find words to describe how bad the situation was for them. She began by getting a team of volunteers to take the dogs for walks and give them some love.