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Man Adopts Dog with Terminal Cancer: 'I Just Couldn't Leave Her'

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In April, a dog named Mocha lost everything she knew. Her owner had passed away, and with no one else to take her in, the dog found herself at the local humane society.

Months passed, and no one adopted the homeless dog.

And there were reasons: Not only was Mocha a senior at 10 years old, she also had malignant melanoma and the clock was ticking.

But then a man named Enoc Lopez heard about her. Lopez had a kind heart, and told WISH-TV that it was over once he heard her sad tale.

“Something in me triggered,” he said. “I just couldn’t leave her.”

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This isn’t Lopez’s first brush with difficult cases, either. He’s a “repeat offender” in the best possible way.

He adopted a deaf dog named Amy 11 years ago, and he adopted a human boy named Allen a year ago, deciding to go it as a single dad and make life better for both his charges.

“A lot of dogs out there need a good home,” he said. “There’s a lot of kids in the foster care system that need a good home.”

He knows that the time he and his son have with Mocha is limited, but that didn’t scare him off.

“We always expect to leave other people to do it, but sometimes you have to take matters in your own hands and just do it,” he said.

“She might not live for a long time but at least she’ll be able to live in a big yard surrounded by people that will love and pet her and where she doesn’t need anything until that day comes. But until then, make her comfortable and make her happy.”

Lopez is also viewing this as a great way to teach his son about making the most of your time.

“It’s a life lesson that I want to teach my son,” he explained. “Everything dies but at the end, it’s the quality of life that you live that really matters.”

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IndyHumane, the shelter that had Mocha, posted an adoption update on Facebook, and Lopez reassured readers that Mocha was “doing great and adjusting!”

As for Allen, he understands the gravity of the situation, and it seems like those life lessons Lopez is trying to teach him are sticking.

He told WISH-TV that he was “very happy because she’s here because there’s so much life here.”

“I’m kind of sad and happy at the same time,” the boy added.

“I’m happy that I have tears in the inside.”

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
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English und ein bißchen Deutsch
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Faith, Animals, Cooking