A kind woman in Texas was so inspired by a homeless man’s love and dedication for his dog that she decided to help him get the pup back from the pound.
Wilma Price couldn’t help but circle back when she walked past a homeless man in a Wal-Mart parking lot with an unusual request written on his cardboard sign.
“Dog in pound,” the sign read. “Need help.”
Price only had $8 in her pocket as she walked out of the Huntsville Wal-Mart, but the self-professed dog lover couldn’t ignore the look of desperation in the eyes of the man begging by the store exit, CBS News reported.
“I looked at him, and I couldn’t get over it,” Price said. “He looked like a little boy standing there, lost.”
Price learned the man’s name – Patrick – and asked him how his beloved pup was taken away from him. Patrick told her that he’d gotten in trouble for trespassing and spent two nights in jail.
A local animal shelter then retrieved his dog, Franklin, and labeled him as a stray.
After he was released from jail, the shelter told Patrick that it would cost $120 plus the cost of vaccinations to get Franklin back. Determined, Patrick told Price that he was not going to leave town until he was reunited with Franklin.
Price was inspired. She called up a friend and the two of them came up with the funds to get Franklin. Price then gave Patrick a lift to the shelter, making sure he had all the essentials to care for the dog before she dropped him off.
“My dog eats before I do,” Patrick said to Price after showing her a stash of dog food in his backpack. “That dog is my life.”
Price said her eyes –along with everyone else’s in the room — filled with tears the moment Franklin jumped into Patrick’s arms, a mere two hours after their chance meeting in the parking lot.
“You did more for me than most people have done in my life,” Patrick told her. “You don’t know how much I thank you.”
Price has since formed a friendship with Patrick, saying she’s “always” rooting for the underdog. She has even created a GoFundMe page to help get her new friend back on his feet.
Click here to support Patrick & Franklin homeless help by Wilma Price https://t.co/Tust90HmWR
— laurie lukaszewski (@lauriel224) October 26, 2016
“The lesson here is don’t judge a book by their covers,” she said. “We’re in such a judgmental world. Everybody deserves a chance.”
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