There are many stray animals out on the street, fending for themselves and relying on the kindness of strangers for scraps of food.
Like one restaurant, that has become famous among locals — and especially the local dogs — for providing delicious meals to strays.
Gerardo Ortiz is the owner of Ajilado, a restaurant in Peru. While it’s popular with humans, it’s also become the favorite of a very different clientele: local stray dogs, who show up for a free meal.
According to The Dodo, Gerardo has been making meals for dogs for five years, ever since a stray came up to his window looking for food.
Since then, the practice has only grown, as word has apparently spread among the local dogs. Every day, stray dogs — both “returning customers” and new, hungry faces — show up, and Gerardo, a lifelong animal lover, is happy to serve.
The dogs, it seems, are always very patient and grateful for their food. They show up at the window and happily eat their much-needed meal.
Luckily, this routine hasn’t affected Gerardo’s human customers. If anything, the show of compassion probably inspires them to eat there more.
“Thankfully, our clients have reacted well to the dogs,” Gerardo told The Dodo. “They are affectionate toward them.”
“For me, they are the best customers,” Gerardo said. “They do not pay us with money, but they pay us with their happiness and wagging tails.”
“They are very grateful, and we enjoy giving more than receiving.”
For these dogs, this is probably the only meal they can get most days. Thank you to Gerardo for generously providing for them.
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