A young refugee in war-torn Syria is making international headlines for his compassion toward a homeless dog in need. Sweet 8-year-old Huseyin el-Hasan has experienced more tragedy and loss in his short time on earth than most people do in a lifetime. That didn’t stop the little boy from giving comfort to an injured stray dog who lay dying on the side of the road.

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Hasan first noticed the dog laying on a roadway media, clearly stricken down by a motor vehicle near his adoptive home of Kills, Turkey. Though the child could have kept walking, he quickly went to the animal’s side to help.

Though the boy could not stop the dog’s pain, he got a blanket from his house and placed it on the dog’s shaking body. Next, he asked for others to call for help, never leaving the dog’s side the entire time.

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Although the dog succumbed to her injuries and passed away, Hasan was honored as a hero. The city’s deputy mayor, Cuma Ozdemir, made a personal visit to Hasan’s home to honor him. The child was given new blankets to replace the one he used on the dog.

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We raise our sparkling water bowls to this beautiful boy and encourage everyone to pay it forward and help an animal in need.