Sunday 18 March 2018

Family fundraise for homeless couple who returned beloved dog to son with autism

Sean was very upset following Mojo's disappearance
Sean was very upset following Mojo's disappearance
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

A family are celebrating the return of their beloved dog, who is “best friends” with their son who has autism thanks to a kind-hearted homeless couple.

The Matthews family launched an appeal after their dog Mojo escaped on November 4, and was then spotted on the Luas with two young men.

In a heart-warming turn of events missing dog Mojo, who is 10-year-old Sean’s pet, was returned to the family by a homeless couple who looked after the dog over the past month.

The couple did not realise the dog was missing and had been looking after him as their own.

Mojo is the beloved pet of Sean (10)
Mojo is the beloved pet of Sean (10)

A member of the public spotted the dog and passed the information onto Tara who visited the couple where they are staying, in a tent.

Now Sean’s mum Tara is fundraising to give them the “Christmas they deserve” after they came to her and Sean’s aid. 

The couple  gave the dog back on Sunday, and he was reunited with his delighted owner and best friend Sean.

“Oh my god Sean was sobbing, he was so excited, he was in shock. None of us could believe it. He was hugging him all day long. He is dying to get home today to play with him,” his delighted mum Tara said.

“He just ran straight up to him when he saw him.”

Sean also wants to thank the couple for looking after his dog

“He wants to get a photograph of Mojo and give it to them,” Tara told

In another gesture of goodwill Tara will add €100, the reward she had pledged for Mojo’s safe return and hopes to raise €500 for the couple.

“They were really nice about it and really sincere and kind… they looked after him, they loved him and he looks really well looked after. They gave him loads of love,” she said.

“I’m just trying to give something back to them after what they did for us.”

Tara hopes the money will be able to get the couple who returned her dog off the streets over Christmas.

She also thanked everyone who shared Mojo’s picture.

“I would never have been able to find Mojo without the support and help of everybody. Everybody who shared it online and the flyers,”

“People have been so kind and showed such compassion,” she said.

The fundraising page for the couple who looked after Mojo can be found here.

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