There are everyday heroes all around us, taking action to make the world a better place one day at a time. Many of them are never noticed or recognized, yet they continue to give themselves to a cause they believe in.
Judy Obregon is one such hero, spending every day searching Echo Lake, a popular “dumping ground” for unwanted animals near Fort Worth, Texas.
Obregon has visited Echo Lake every single day for the past nine years, The Dodo reported.
“Christmas, New Years… I’m out there in the mornings. Yeah, because nobody’s gonna do that,” Obregon said.
While she has always had a huge heart for animals, Obregon’s mission to save animals from Echo Lake began after she rescued an abandoned dog that could barely walk.
“During the process of working with this abandoned dog, residents in the area approached me, they had informed me of other animals needing help, dumped dead and alive,” Obregon told Voyage Dallas.
Obregon then began visiting every day, capturing many of the atrocities on her phone to post on her social media accounts. While many of her photos and videos are shocking and heartbreaking to view, Obregon believes it is important to understand what these animals are going through.
“I try my very best to help those with NO voice,” Obregon wrote on the Facebook page for The Abandoned Ones. “One way I bring attention to the animals is by documenting in photos and video the Abandoned and Abused.”
The Dodo has featured Obregon in multiple videos, yet it is the most recent post that is capturing the hearts of people everywhere.
The video shows the response of many animals as they encounter Obregon for the first time. She notes that they often start wagging their tails as soon as she opens the door of her car.
Her car, by the way, is always filled with collars, toys and blankets.
“We believe EVERY ANIMAL MATTERS,” The Abandoned One’s Facebook profile reads. This is certainly evident in the emotional photos and videos that Judy posts on her Facebook page.
She says that the dogs she rescues “always tend to turn around, like they know they’re driving away from evil, like they know they’re safe.”
“You know that is one thing about animals I so love is that they are so loving and resilient regardless of what evil humans do,” one post on The Abandoned Ones Facebook page reads.
The Abandoned Ones strives to place each and every rescue in a forever home, even if it takes time.
“I truly believe that there is a home for every dog out there,” Obregon said. “It is rewarding to find that home they they are looking for.”
Because time is a precious commodity, Obregon relies heavily on volunteers to help make The Abandoned Ones run smoothly. They are always looking for new foster homes for the dogs and, according their Facebook page, the entire staff is comprised of unpaid volunteers.
While the sad fact of animal neglect and abandonment is still present, it is encouraging to know that Obregon is looking in the ditches and railroad tracks of Echo Lake every day to make sure as many animals as possible are accounted for.
“The only struggle is when you feel you can’t save them all,” Obregon told Voyage Dallas.
Visit the rescue’s website if you are interested in helping with the work that Judy Obregon and The Abandoned Ones are doing.
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