Family Dedicate Their Life To Caring For 20 Disabled Dogs And It's Adorable
A couple who have dedicated their lives to homing disabled dogs have spent over £43,000 on home renovations to ensure they have the most comfortable life possible.
Chris and Mariesa Hughes' expenditures include a £3,900 15ft bed which they sleep in with all 20 of their rescue dogs and a £31,000 hydrotherapy pool in their basement.
The kind couple say their home is specifically adapted for their dogs and has been fitted with an array of of ramps, floor mats, and plastic sheeting to ensure their furniture is 'dog safe'.
Chris and Mariesa have devoted their lives to rescuing ill dogs and foot £35,000 worth of monthly bills for an additional 101 disabled rescue dogs to be fostered.
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Chris, 33, said: "I have always loved dogs and before marrying Mariesa, 39, seven years ago, I had six rescue dogs back then and she had two.
"We actually said to each other that if our dogs didn't get along that we'd end our relationship straight away but thankfully they did.
"It is crazy living with 20 dogs but we make it work as we have a great routine."
Explaining said routine, Chris added: "It takes 45 minutes to feed them all in the morning and give some of them the medication they need and again in the evening.
"But we wouldn't have it any other way, we love being around our dogs so much that we've even had a custom 15ft bed built so we can all sleep together.
"Our basement has a hydrology pool in it as it was cheaper to get one permanently installed than to keep having sessions at specialist centres.
"The pool is great for the dogs with joint issues as the water helps loosen any tension."
The New York-based couple don't judge rescue dogs on their age or disabilities, and aim to give all dogs the best quality of life, no matter how long or short they have left.
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Our hearts are melting.
Mariesa added: "We set up the Mr Mo Project in 2014 in memory of our pooch that died and ever since we have saved hundreds of dogs that would have otherwise been killed.
"The organisation specialises in saving dogs across the state from shelters, fighting rings, strays and even breeders who have a disabled puppy in the litter.
"Most of the dogs we live with now are elderly but they have the best life with us.
"It's a labour of love and both myself and Chris share the same passion and actually prefer dogs to people."
The couple have a large garden for their dogs to run around in, some of whom are in specially-made wheelchairs.
Digital media specialist Chris, said: "Some of our dogs have cancer, such as Mya and Tejas while others have undergone amputations, like Mercury and Delilah so they don't need walks, just lots of love and fun.
"The eldest dog we have is Tina, she's 21 which is amazing and the youngest is a French Bulldog called Mercury, he was nearly put down as he was born paralysed and no one would buy him.
"A lot of our rescues are cross breeds and come to us in such a terrible state before they learn to trust humans again.
"It's so rewarding watching their personalities change as they start feeling happy again."
The couple say they often have to put vet bills on their credit card, leaving them short.
Chris added: "We try and raise as much money as we can but ultimately if one dog needs $20,000 worth of treatment we will pay for it on credit cards and worry about it later.
"There's always a vet bill to pay but we have learnt to get on with it and although it's stressful, it's all worth it.
"We are proud of the organisation we have set up and it's renowned for giving the highest quality care to senior pooches."
What lovely selfless people. Chris and Mariesa, we applaud you.
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