Recently, a photographer by the name of Stuart Williams was driving through Mazunte, Oaxaca in Mexico when he saw a remarkable and fascinating sight. On the side of the road was a shirtless man humbly pushing a convoy of trolleys surrounded completely by dogs.
Williams, also known as the Yogi Photographer stopped to investigate the peculiar site and met 49-year-old, Edgardo “Perros” Juarez. After hearing Edgardo’s impressive story first-hand, Williams produced a short documentary about Edgardo’s undying dedication to saving abandoned, sick and injured dogs throughout Mexico.
No one helps dogs living homeless on the roads. This is where I saw their pain.Edgardo “Perros” Juarez
In conjunction with releasing his short documentary on Facebook, Williams shared the origin story, “A few months ago I was driving out of the small Mexican town of Mazunte, Oaxaca, when I saw a peculiar sight on the side of the road. A man was pushing a trolley along the road and surrounding him were dogs. Dogs were on top of his trolley. Dogs were behind him, in front of him and by his side. Tails were wagging furiously, barks were sounding and he just kept pushing his trolley through the heat.”
Not only has Edgardo saved over 500 dogs, but he’s committed to continuing his now six-year journey, walking the entire perimeter of Mexico, to save even more.
According to Bored Panda, Edgardo has “walked nearly 14,000 km around Mexico. He only has 1,432 km left to travel to reach his goal.”
Further cementing Edgardo’s saint status, Williams shared with Bored Panda that “when he finds a dog that is too injured to be saved, [Edgardo] lies down with it on the road so it has company as it passes on.”
Edgardo’s mission is self and donation funded. And as Williams rightly points out, “His vet bills are high!” For more information on how to support this remarkable man’s faithful efforts here.