CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Age is nothing but a number. For the Hughes family in Clifton Park, the only the number they’re focused on is the amount of dogs they rescue.
It’s called the Mr. Mo Project, a non-profit senior dog rescue group that provided medical care, support and foster homes for elderly and medically ill senior dogs.
“We started the project help save senior dogs from kill shelters,” Co-Founder Mariesa Hughes said. “And then we pay all of their medical expenses and we’ve saved about 500 to date. It just continues to grow and we keep saving dogs.”
Chris and Mariesa Hughes began the non-profit began in 2012 in honor of their dog Moses, who died of a spinal cord tumor. Since then, even with full-time jobs, they’ve dedicated their time to rescuing senior dogs with help from the community.
“We spend about $40,000 a month, so donations are everything for us. We rely on the public to help us,” Mariesa Hughes said. “We have about 93 dogs in foster homes that we are financially responsible for. Then, some of the dogs here (Clifton Park) are project dogs as well. So, we just go to our community for support and thankfully they usually come through.”
While they’ve traveled on the fly to other states and their efforts have reached nationwide to other homes, they still have roughly 17 in their own.
“Each individual dog has such a different style of doing things,” Chris Hughes said, holding and looking at his dog, Delilah. “Like, Delilah, who wouldn’t walk. Her other leg that she no longer has was so mangled and she wouldn’t walk or do anything.”
At one point, Delilah could barely move on her three legs, but through medical care and support, she beat the odds.
“Seeing that and seeing them change everyday is worth every tear and every penny that we put into this whole program.” Hughes said.
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