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Viral: Gut-wrenching image of homeless child sleeping with his dog on the street

child sleeping on sidewalk
© Jem Villomo - Facebook

The photos were taken on the streets of Manila, the capital of the Philippines. They are proof that having dogs around can make any situation a little sweeter.

By Justine Seraphin , 23 Jan 2020

Unfortunately, poverty and homelessness is quite common in certain parts of the Philippines. So it wasn't too surprising to see this young boy sleeping on the sidewalk.


Man's best friend

But a passer-by named Jem Villomo decided to immortalise the scene anyway. And once he published it on his Facebook account, it quickly went viral. Why?

Because the child is not alone.

He is being comforted by his best friend: a little white and grey puppy.


A lifeline for so many

The photo shows how important a dog's companionship can be for our mental health. Everything else around us can be falling apart – but what keeps us going is the love and affection we receive from our four-legged friends.

This is why in the UK there are so many charities working to make sure that homeless people can keep their dogs with them. By ensuring the dogs get proper food and veterinary care, they enable people living on the streets to keep their beloved pets.

This touching photo quickly went viral with people all over the world asking for more details about the young boy and his dog. Some have already contacted the DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development), and others have even offered to adopt the both of them into their homes.

We do hope things end well for these guys – they deserve to be snuggling together on a couch, not on a dirty sidewalk!