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Shoja
My name is ‘Shoja’, it means brave in Farsi.  I am 11 months old. My mother and all my siblings were killed by City Hall officials but I survived. I was so sad and frightened. I tried to hide in abandoned places, but I was hungry and I had to look for food.
One night, a young man found me and made me fight with his own dog which was a big and strong dog. I was afraid, so I began to cry but nobody came to help me. Even one time I was about to flee but that person hit me and pushed me back. At this time my leg was hurting me so much that I couldn't even run away.
So the big dog was biting and choking me and I could do nothing.
Right at this moment a miracle happened. A lady called Mrs. Samira Moghadam from the shelter was passing by.
She and her husband Mr.Kashani saw me. They got off their car and after having a huge argument with that man took me to their car.
My leg was broken. So I stayed in Mrs.EsnaAshari's home for a while to receive medical care and then I was taken to the Vafa shelter.
Although I was crying so hard that night, I am one of the calmest and kindest dogs of the shelter now.
by: Mrs. Fatemeh Motamedi

My name is Shoja. It means “brave” in Farsi.  I am 11 months old. My mother and all my siblings were killed by City Hall officials, but I survived.  I was so sad and frightened. I tried to hide in abandoned places, but I was hungry and I had to look for food. One night, a young man found me and he made me fight with his own very big and strong dog. I was afraid, so I began to cry but nobody came to help me. Even one time I was about to flee but the man hit me and pushed me back.  Now, my leg was hurting me so much that I couldn't even run away.


The big dog was biting and choking me and I could not fight back.  At this very moment, a miracle happened!   A lady called Mrs. Samira Moghadam from the shelter was passing by. She and her husband, Mr.Kashani, saw me. They got out of their car and after having a huge argument with that man, took me to their car.
My leg was broken, so I stayed in Mrs. EsnaAshari's home for a while to receive medical care and then I was taken to the Vafa shelter.  I cried and cried all through the night for my first few nights there, but now, because I have other dogs and people who care for me, I am one of the calmest and kindest dogs at the shelter.