The amount of horrific stories of animal abuse in everyday society can be absolutely disheartening. It feels like every day there's another story of animals being abandoned by homes that are either unfit or unwilling to take care of them, or forced to live in the worst conditions, even sometimes being made to fight each other for the entertainment and profit of others.
It's enough to make you lose your faith in humanity, but thankfully there are plenty of other examples of people going above and beyond the call of duty to make sure these animals get a new chance at a better life. Between rescue organizations that specialize in re-homing animals who've had a hard life, people who take them in and foster them until they can find a forever home, and the dozens of charities that exist to help our little furry friends, there is some legitimate good to be found in the world as well.
Of course, one of the absolute best has to be the story of Eugene Bostick, an 82-year-old man who has been spending his retirement taking abused animals on adventures, complete with a vehicle that's like something out of a children's book!
Bostick, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, officially retired over 15 years ago, but lately he's found another calling in operating his "dog train" - a series of 9 carts pulled by tractor that he transports his foster dogs around in. It wasn't something he initially chose to do though.
"We live down on a dead-end street, where me and my brother have a horse barn," Bostick told The Dodo. "People sometimes come by and dump dogs out here, leaving them to starve. So, we started feeding them, letting them in, taking them to the vet to get them spayed and neutered. We made a place for them to live."
While he's taken in countless foster dogs over the year now, which was easy thanks to his large property, Bostick figured the dogs might like to get a chance to go visit other places. That was when inspiration struck.
"One day I was out and I seen this guy with a tractor who attached these carts to pull rocks. I thought, 'Dang, that would do for a dog train,'" said Bostick. "I'm a pretty good welder, so I took these plastic barrels with holes cut in them, and put wheels under them and tied them together."
With his dog train, Bostick can take about nine pooches out for a ride at a time, and from the sounds of it, they can't get enough of it.
"Whenever they hear me hooking the tractor up to it, man, they get so excited," said Bostick. "They all come running and jump in on their own. They're ready to go."
Share this man's great deed with anyone you know who loves dogs.