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This man decided to completely change the course of his life by leaving his job to devote himself to helping hundreds of homeless dogs in his city.
Fernando Kushner gets into his old minibus every day very early and starts his day of feeding for all homeless dogs in his city of La Paz, in Bolivia. He was director of marketing in the fashion world, but he decided to quit his job to do this great job.
“I gave up everything for my dogs. Romances, family, career, everything ”.
Ferchy, as he is known to his friends, attributes this change of life to a dog named Choco, whom he met one day while leaving a yoga class. He fed Choco with a Sandwich and in thanks he rubbed his nose with his neck, licked his hands and managed to fully stretch his heart, so much so that the next day he came back to feed him again .
Without realizing it, I gradually fed more and more dogs until I reached hundreds.
Ferchy has a daily routine, visiting seven and eight districts to locate food in specific locations, the portions each dog receives consist of 1 kg of chicken and bone, plus 250 g of dog biscuits, according to the BBC.
He managed to recover leftover fast food. Ferchy performs two tours each day, in the morning and in the afternoon. Fortunately, he had the help of several donors, mainly two fast food chains, Don Pollo and Pollos Copacabana.
But this man’s mission is not only to feed the dogs, he is also a volunteer for various charities and shelters.
María Angulo Sandoval, who works in a dog shelter in the neighboring municipality of El Alto, says that Ferchy does more than even the officials themselves:
“The city authorities are responsible for public health and safety, which includes the control of the canine population. But they are absolutely nonexistent.
The decision to quit his job was made suddenly and he is so devoted to this project that he even missed a few family celebrations.
Her mother, Lolita Kushner, said:
“I thought he would get bored of it after about three months and leave him, but every time I see him, he seems more concerned than ever about dogs and more committed to his mission.”
Raúl Alcazar, a local resident, thinks that by feeding the street dogs, Ferchy could make the problem worse.
“The dogs stay on the street, rummaging through the trash and generally creating a problem. What he does is good, but wouldn’t it be better to give money to an orphanage or an old man?
Although Ferchy recognizes that there is an extremely poor population in Bolivia, he knows that there are “hundreds of charities” that care for these people, but very few care for animals.
He believes that the only solution to end the problem of homeless dogs is to provide education and public awareness. Although he left his job, he took advantage of his career in the world of Marketing in this new project and took into account great social contacts to seek support.
Its greatest success to date has been to ensure that the private airline of Bolivia Amazonas agrees to cover the full cost of sending dogs by air from one city to another for adoption.
His next goal will be to create a sanctuary for old dogs, and he has already managed to reach an agreement with Incerpaz, one of the largest brick manufacturers in Bolivia, to acquire the bricks at cost.
He even managed to contact Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of the President of the United States, Donald Trump.
“Although we have the same surname, he is not related. But what should we lose? “If he wanted to, he could pay to sterilize all the dogs in Bolivia.”