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The kind couple has saved more than 500 dogs and is now living with 21 of the dogs saved.

Instead ᴏf living their remaining days in shelters, these seniᴏr pᴏᴏches are being lᴏved and cared fᴏr in hᴏmes.

Everyᴏne whᴏ walks intᴏ an animal rescᴜe ᴏr animal shelter thinks the same thing “I wish I cᴏᴜld adᴏpt them all!” Bᴜt ᴜnfᴏrtᴜnately, mᴏst ᴏf ᴜs can’t have a hᴏᴜse fᴜll ᴏf dᴏgs, sᴏ that’s where peᴏple like Chris and Mariesa Hᴜghes cᴏme in.

The cᴏᴜple adᴏpted a seniᴏr dᴏg named Mᴏses frᴏm their lᴏcal shelter and fᴏᴜnd themselves wanting tᴏ dᴏ mᴏre fᴏr the animals there.

They started giving care packages tᴏ all the seniᴏr dᴏgs, bᴜt they cᴏᴜldn’t stand by and watch these dᴏgs never leave the shelter.

The Mr. Mo Project’s Origins
The Hugheses started the project in 2014 after Moses died. He’d been diagnosed with a spinal cord tumor when they were newlyweds and they needed $2,400 for an MRI. So they sold their hot tub to pay for it.

Moses was given four weeks to live, and the couple looked into any possible way to save him, whether through traditional or holistic medicine. There wasn’t a good option, and Moses passed away five weeks after his diagnosis.

“We would’ve sold a car,” Chris says.

The harrowing predicament of an immense vet bill inspired The Mr. Mo Project. Today, the couple helps pay for dogs’ lifesaving procedures and helps find them places to live, regardless of their age or disabilities. They believe each dog should get every opportunity to live their entire lives, no matter the cost. Age isn’t a disease, they say. Older dogs can still live for years.

Not everyone believes that, they say. They’ve run into some vets who’ve asked them why they spend, say, $16,000 on a 16-year-old dog. And while some families love their dogs, they sometimes surrender their pups to shelters or vets when the care becomes too costly or invasive. Shelters often face the same dilemma, and dogs with serious problems are often euthanized.

Sometimes a vet will call the Hugheses before euthanizing a pet who’s facing a prohibitively expensive treatment. The project will then pay for lifesaving procedures and then help find foster homes. At times, a dog will come live with the Hugheses. That’s what happened with Pesto, an 18-year-old Chihuahua who’s now “as happy as can be” after being a day away from euthanization.

Mariesa also credits “incredible” foster parents who open their homes to dogs who might not live much longer. On the flip side, the project removes a major barrier—cost—that prevents people from adopting senior dogs.

Supporting all the dogs in the program is an expensive endeavor, often more than $40,000 a month. (This past month totaled $52,000.) Which means lots of fundraising and hoping for donations.

Mr. mo dogs in bed
You need a big bed to cuddle with all these dogs. | CREDIT: THE MR. MO PROJECT
“We feel very blessed that we are able to do this, even on those sad moments. But we have such a unique friend[base] and fanbase that they allow us to continue to do this,” Mariesa says.

The Mr. Mo Project at Home
Currently, The Mr. Mo Project has 112 dogs in foster homes. Twenty-one more live with Chris and Mareisa.

Their home has evolved over time as more dogs have arrived, as Insider recently reported. It began with ramps for Moses, but it now features a $38,000 hydrotherapy treadmill, oxygen kennels, agility tiles, and one truly giant bed.

Most of the dogs like to snuggle with Chris and Mariesa at night, and they won’t all fit in a regular king-size bed. Heck, they didn’t even fit in a bed that was 10 feet wide. They had to get a new bed, double the width. Chris and Mariesa can wave each other goodnight.

“Having 21 dogs and this bed is probably the best birth control you could ever have because you say ‘goodnight’ and she’s 15 feet away with 15 dogs between me [and her],” Chris jokes.

The dogs take precedence over self-care activities, whether that’s an uninterrupted night’s sleep or an Italian vacation that’s canceled because they don’t want to leave a sick dog behind. Chris describes running the project as a “constant stressor.” Being financially respons

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