In March 2019, on the day of Vafa’s Nowruz Market, it was quite busy. It was on this day, a young boy brought a puppy, whom he had found and could not keep, to the shelter. The shelter could not accept new dogs, and puppies that young are in danger of catching diseases if kept in the shelter. I thought amongst all of the guests who had visited the shelter that day, we might be able to find someone to foster the puppy until it grows up. After some time, I realized the boy had left and given the puppy to someone else. Fortunately, in the end, a family member of one of the volunteers accepted this responsibility, to become the puppy’s foster. The beautiful little puppy was named ‘Jaajaa’.

When Jaajaa came back to the shelter a few months later she had grown up quite a bit. At the end of September that year, Mrs. Maryam Kazemi and her husband came to visit the shelter. They had cared for a stray dog who was found with a broken leg. They were keeping the dog in their backyard but felt bad for it being alone and thought maybe she might have a happier, less lonely life at the shelter. Mr. Shaabanpour, one of the managers of the shelter suggested they take home another dog from the shelter so that not only their own dog won’t be lonely anymore, but also, they give another dog a chance at having a family. We showed them Jaajaa who was 8 months old at the time. Mrs. Kazemi fell in love with her, and Jaajaa went to her new and forever home the very next day. Jaajaa quickly bonded with not just the other dog they had in the backyard, but also with their small-breed dogs. Their photos playing with the water in the pool showed us that Jaajaa is living a great life and Ms. Kazemi is taking great care of her. Her family loves animals: they also help with feeding stray dogs in the area and take care of their medical needs as well.

Farah Azari

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