Last week, a homeless man in Texas held a simple cardboard sign which read, “Dog in pound, need help.” The man, and his sign, caught the attention of a stranger who was out running errands in Huntsville, Texas, on September 26.
The stranger, a woman named Wilma, of Mr. K’s Pet Shelter, risked the wrath of other drivers to stop and ask the man about his sign, and what exactly he was in need of. The man told Wilma that he needed $120 to get his dog out of the local animal shelter.
Wilma had no funds immediately available to help the man, so she set out to see what she could do to help make his sad situation better. Her first order of business was calling the shelter to find out if the man’s story was true – and she discovered that indeed it was. The “pound” informed her that the man’s dog appeared to be in good health and that the $120 which was needed was the result of the impound fee, a rabies shot, and a heartworm test.
Wilma returned to the man and learned that his name is Patrick, and that he is only 30 years old. She also discovered that his dog was taken when he was jailed for two days for trespassing.
After learning more about Patrick’s story, she took him to the shelter to retrieve his dog, whose name is “Fred Frederick.” Wilma said that Patrick had tears in his eyes when he was reunited with his canine companion, and Fred Frederick was so overcome with joy when he saw Patrick that he was shaking.
Patrick tried to give Wilma the money that he has collected before she stepped in to help, but she refused – wanting him to have the chance to spend the small amount on dinner instead.
Wilma commented on her decision to help this stranger and his dog:
We’ve all been in a bad situation in our life so remember always pay it forward you never know who that person might be that you help but I know for a fact that man loves his dog.
Sometimes you just have to dig deeper and do what’s right in your heart.
Patrick and his four-legged friend are back together, but Wilma wishes that she could do more. She said,
I wish I had the money to get the man a room for a week and let him regroup him and Frederick but unfortunately I don’t all I can do is give him his dog and pray that life gives the man a break.