An animal shelter in Mexico came to the rescue to a 7-month-old puppy that was left on a bench with only a handwritten note by his side.
After hearing about the abandoned puppy, Marcela Goldberg, who runs the local shelter Mascotas Coyoacá, discovered the puppy tied to the bench alongside the note.
"It hurts a lot to leave my dog here but I made the decision of leaving him because my family used to mistreat him and it would always hurt me to see him in that condition," the note read, according to The Dodo.
"If you’re reading this and your heart wavers, please adopt him and take good care of him. If not, please leave this note in its place. That way others can read it and adopt him. Thank you."
The sad note was held down to the bench by a large rock.
Neighbors immediately jumped in to help rescue the dog, who they have named Boston. "He was physically in good shape, but was left without water or food," Goldberg told PEOPLE.
The neighbors also had to use a long stick to give the pup water and food because "he was very nervous and trying to bite anybody approaching."
And as soon as he was free, Goldberg says Boston’s attitude completely changed. "He was extremely scared but did not try to bite again," she shared. "We walked him to the car and had to struggle a bit to get him inside, but once inside he started to relax and we were able to touch him."
"He's a sweetheart," Goldberg captioned a series of posts dedicated to showing Boston’s progress.
On their Facebook page, the shelter said many people applied for adoption, but they can only choose one. They reminded potential adopters that they have many puppies looking for homes. “If you can open your heart to another, we’ll thank you immensely. Their stories are equally sad but less media.”
Mascootas Coyoacán animal shelter has a large social media following with over 18,000 followers and supports Goldberg’s mission to protect animals.
Donations to the shelter can be made HERE through paypal.