Some people do not associate the word “home” with a specific location. They consider their family to be their second home. Choco and his two dogs were at ease on the steps of a park in Bucaramanga, Colombia, despite the fact that they didn’t live in a house. And this house was hosting a doggie birthday celebration.
Choco was seen singing “Happy Birthday” to his two dogs Shaggy and Nena, who were both wearing birthday hats, by a passerby.
Choco hugged and petted them on their birthdays before pulling out a tiny cake for them to share.
When the song was over, he blew out the candles and gave them each a kiss on their adorable doggo faces.
He used a plastic knife to cut a slice for each dog, and then one for himself before they all enjoyed some cake.
The stranger who spotted Choco started documenting the puppy party on video.
He also observed Choco shedding a few tears. The observer walked over to see if Choco was OK and he discovered that Choco and his dogs were homeless.
Choco had been living on the streets for several years and had become homeless after fleeing an awful family environment, he discovered.
Choco then met Shaggy and Nena, two dogs that became his family. Despite the fact that he does not have a house, Choco makes every effort to provide for his pets.
Choco was offered assistance by the individual who recorded the doggy birthday party.
He shared a video of Choco and his dogs on social media, asking for donations of food, supplies, and money to help Choco get back on his feet. That video was viewed by almost 440,000 people. People began to come to the park with their dogs to assist Choco.
Choco was gifted a phone and started an Instagram account which now has more than 187,000 followers.
He’s been using the platform to sell shirts and donate a percentage of the profits to stop animal abuse. Choco hopes to one day open an animal shelter and pursue a career in music.
It’s perplexing why homelessness is so stigmatized, given that more than half of Americans (59%) live paycheck to paycheck.
If you don’t have a support structure, one missed payment could lead to you missing rent and being evicted from your house.
Domestic violence, lack of affordable housing, physical and mental health issues, unemployment and job loss, and addiction are the most common reasons for homelessness.