Homeless Man’s Dying Wish Granted When His Beloved Dog Is Adopted By Family

Cliff, a homeless man in Fresno, California, had just one wish that he hoped would be granted before terminal cancer claimed his life – for his beloved dog, “Baby,” to find a new home.  In the midst of holiday celebrations, 60-year-old Cliff Herbert’s plight went “viral” and shortly thereafter, his dream of finding a loving home for his dear companion became a reality.

The Miami Herald first reported the heartbreaking story – recounting how Herbert lost his job after suffering medical complications following heart surgery, and how his dog, Baby, was rescued from an abusive situation. Despite the struggles in Herbert’s life, he found comfort in his canine friend, who was always by his side, no matter what life threw his way. He told the Herald, “She’s my whole world. She’s my best friend. She protects me.”

It was that deep bond of unconditional love and uncomplicated friendship which inspired Herbert’s wish for Baby to find someone who would love her after he was gone. According to the GoFundMe account which was established to help get Herbert and Baby off of the streets, the wish was granted.

The post announcing the good news reads:

UPDATE: BABY HAS A NEW HOME! It is exactly the kind of home her trainer, her vet and Cliff and I wanted for her. Cliff has been struggling to care for her properly so the decision was made to move her sooner than planned. She is in puppy heaven! She has a young family with dogs and other animals, lots of land to run safely on and an adult home during the day, one who is especially skilled in training dogs and pitties in particular. Thank you all for your kind offers to take her–and I hope you will consider opening your homes to other animals in need just waiting for you to notice them, as I did Cliff and Baby.

Not only did Baby find a new family, but strangers donated funds (over $25,000) to keep a dying homeless man off of the streets in the last moments of his life.

Read more about this situation here. GoFundMe, with additional information, here.

(Photos via GoFundMe)

Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at Examiner.com for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.


  1. Susie Dimascio says:

    This is truly a great story. In order for this to be complete however, the homeless man needs to be in constant contact with his baby. This is the only way in my belief that he will be able to truly rest in Heaven 💖

  2. Elaine Whinston says:

    Hopefully as long as he is alive. The new owner will stay in touch and let this poor man have time with the dog he loves !

  3. Mary Lou Lanouette Behrman says:

    Such a beautiful and loving experience that everyone should read and imitate! I wish ALL in this story the very best possible for the remainder if their lives…
    I LOVE GOFUNDME!!! What a great resource!!!!

  4. Barkley's Mom says:

    So glad to read this, I am keeping Cliff Herbert in our prayers.

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