Douglas Gomes, a 26-year-old from the town of Blumenau, became a hero when a powerful storm swept through his community. Gomes put his own safety on the line to help his neighbors’ dog make it out alive. The harrowing act of bravery was caught on film.
Gomes had just escaped his own home amid the deluging rain when he saw his neighbors’ pup clinging to life in the high water. The dog’s family was not home at the time, so Gomes knew he had to save her.
“Like the saying goes: Do for others as you would have them do for you,” Gomes said. “I have a dog. I am a friend to animals.”
The footage of the incident shows just how risky this rescue was. When Gomes waded through the high water, the house began to collapse.
Kira was later reunited with her owners who, despite losing nearly all their possessions to the flood, are taking solace in the fact that their family is alive and still intact.
“We are so happy,” Fabiana Farias de Oliveira, Kira’s owner said. “Thank God he was able to save Kira. Our kids sleep with her every night, and losing her would have been a disaster.”
Gomes may see it as simply doing the right thing, but because of his brave actions, and the efforts of all those who consider animals’ lives worth saving, are a perfect example of compassion for others to follow.
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