MANILA - The stray dog who went viral on social media for faithfully waiting for his human who had passed away has joined him in the after-life.
Animal Kingdom Foundation, in a statement, mourned the passing of Buboy, who was run over by a vehicle on Wednesday morning.
"Run free #Buboy. Gone too soon. Every animal-loving Filipino mourns today," the group said.
"We strongly urge all motorists to hit the #BrakeForAnimals."
The faithful mongrel captured the heart of netizens as he continued to wait for Professor Carmelito Marcelo of Mabalacat City College in Pampanga, who considered him as his child for 4 years.
Marcelo passed away last May 18.
AKF said Buboy was following a guard when he was run over by a vehicle while crossing the highway, according to a teacher at MCC.
The group said volunteers rushed over to the campus to check on Buboy but found him already lifeless.
"This mind-numbing incident, a tragic end to Buboy's story, mirrors how we neglect the loyal and loving askals — exposing them to dangers even when we have the chance to take care of them. They deserve better — loving families and secured homes," it said.
"When animal-loving people want to bring home a dog, we allow them. When abandoned dogs have that chance to be in a loving and secured home, we also have to give them that. They just simply deserve better."