- Eduardo Caiado opens EduPaçoca Institute to feed, house, and protect abandoned animals on the streets.
- His long-term plans would be to find forever homes for every dog and cat he takes in, but he intends to continue running the rescue shelter for the animals that would need it.
- Today, there are 22 dogs and four cats that are housed in his rescue shelter.
This teenager is set to accomplish a great deal of things in his life.
Eduardo Caiado completed many projects already. He is only 17 years old, living in Anápolis, Brazil, but had already been named one of the 50 Young Inspirers of the United Nations for his project on collecting and processing rainwater to harvest drinking water.
These projects are what he pushes himself to do and he is in this to help people, at least for the most part. The other part is for his mission to rescue abandoned animals. The decision to open a rescue shelter for the many animals on the streets, left or forgotten, started eight years back. Now, he launches EduPaçoca Institute!
“The region where I live is cold, and many stray dogs were dying of hypothermia,” he said.
He decided to do something about it, knowing that the animals on the streets could not wait for the public action any longer. Edu started collecting blankets, building makeshift houses, and collecting donations from his community to feed the animals.
His long-term plans would be to find forever homes for every dog and cat he takes in, but he intends to continue running the rescue shelter for the animals that would need it.
“I want them to know that even if they are not adopted, they will be with me until they grow old and die,” he said.
Edu learned more about the animals in their time together. He learned how to read into their language and their feelings, their quirks, personality traits, and preferences.
“There is a dog named Baiano who always brings gifts for me: a bottle, a bowl, or a leaf,” he added. “I had the idea of creating a different place, a nursery with colors, toys, recreation, activities, music, dancing, theme parties, and birthdays.”
There are developments in this life-long dream of his. To date, he opened his doors and housed 22 dogs and four cats. This number grows every day. The restricting factor to address now is his limited room and money to take in every animal left on the streets to fend for themselves.
“The Institute is a dream, but at the same time a great challenge,” he said. “But it has been so good to sleep every day knowing that everyone is warm and safe.”
The rescue shelter remains to be a working progress. This development is far from his ultimate goal of making the world a better place, but he is one step closer than he was yesterday.
Source: Inspire More