It is not uncommon for homeless people to have pets, and while some may criticize this, it is not up for debate unless the animal is being exposed to danger. Most of the time, homeless pet owners go without to ensure their pets have a steady diet, warmth, and adequate shelter.
In Houston, Texas, Wilma Frice was moved by a homeless man named Patrick holding a sign outside Walmart that read, “Dog in pound, need help.” Patrick was not asking for food or money for himself, but rather for his best friend Franklin, who had been in the pound because he couldn’t afford the $120 to release him.
Frice felt for Patrick, describing him as a nice, gentle soul who had a hard life. She gave him the money to release Franklin, and Patrick expressed his gratitude on Facebook.
Her post said:
“I’m just so shocked he is a wonderful man and Franklin is a wonderful dog I did this because I would want somebody to do it for me I’ve done homeless animals all my life and dedicated my life to them we all could be in his situation in the blink of an eye and you never know somebody situation or what’s going on in their life so I am not a very judgmental person and I never judge somebody by the cover of their book is until you’ve walked in their shoes you have no idea what somebody’s went through you should always pay it forward if you’re able because like I said in the blink of an eye you could be in the same situation I know how hard I struggle every day just to make sure that the animals have everything and will never end back up on the street again while they’re waiting for their forever home and I have been blessed in my life with unconditional love with all the homeless animals.”
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