An Australian man, by the name of Jacob Welsh, has always held a certain fondness in his heart for animals. This is clear to anyone who looks at his Facebook page, which features pictures of the young man with an assortment of the many animals he has encountered on his travels. Like most Australians, backpacking around the world isn’t a choice, it’s a way of life. Jacob appears to have spent many months exploring different parts of the world, in search of adventure and adorable animals, of course! He seems to be a seasoned professional.
by Alyssa Castle
In preparation for his backpacking trip through Greece, Jacob had no idea what was about to happen next, and how his act of kindness would project him into overnight internet stardom. While backpacking through Greece, Jacob Welsh was visiting one of the most stunning destinations on the planet – the Island of Corfu. Corfu is well known for its breathtaking views of the Ionian Sea, the pristine blue green water, and historical architecture. However, much like many vacation destinations throughout the world, Corfu suffers from a large stray animal population.
Jacob discovered this first hand, while travelling through the town, when he came across a destitute dog laying on the side of the road. The dog, now named Chance, was found among broken glass, dirt, and garbage, seemingly in desperate need of help. Being the animal lover he is, Jacob couldn’t bear the thought of leaving her behind
Throughout his time in Greece, Jacob and Chance developed a close friendship. The two spent every day together, and Jacob eventually brought her to stay in his apartment.
He would sneak her in at night and spend the days with her on the beach. He began to love her as his own dog, but knew full well that he would not be able to keep her. As his time left in Greece slowly grew shorter, Jacob was devastated by the thought of leaving Chance behind. He tried desperately to find her a home, but had no luck with the local community. In one last effort to rescue Chance, Jacob Welsh created a crowdfunding campaign through https://www.gofundme.com/2mqyfhrj, in order to raise money to transport Chance to Australia. His plan was to bring her home, and find her a forever family.
Though transporting dogs from Europe to Australia is possible, it is incredibly expensive, and requires quarantine upon arrival. Jacob knew this was Chance’s only option of survival and he was willing to do whatever it would take.