Those of us who consider our pets family know from the moment we bring them home, we’ve made a lifetime commitment. But sometimes, unforeseen circumstances force us to make devastating choices.
One man, known only as Mr. Williams, recently made the hardest decision of his life. He had to give up his best friend of 14 years — a sweet senior dog named Lucky. In June, they were evicted from their Georgia home.
Unfortunately, Mr. Williams has no family to go to, nor does he have any money besides the measly $40 in his pocket. With no one to turn to and nowhere to go for the night, he had no other choice than to surrender Lucky to a local shelter in the hopes he’d find a good home.
There were hardly any dry eyes in Gwinnett County Animal Welfare as Mr. Williams said goodbye to Lucky. “We were young when we came together. Now, we’re both old men,” he told the dog. “Be a good boy, Lucky. I’ll be back for you.”
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But thanks to the incredible support of his community, Mr. Williams’ story with Lucky wasn’t over. Shelter worker Katie Corbett and other dedicated individuals wouldn’t let that be their end.
“The deputy director of the Community Services Department was onsite that day and heard about [Williams’] story,” Katie said. “Almost immediately, he was on the phone with the county’s Senior Services Department trying to figure out what resources they could offer and what we could do to help.”
Thanks to their diligence as well as the generosity of anonymous donors, Mr. Williams didn’t have to spend the night on the streets. He slept in a hotel room. And, amazingly, Lucky only spent one night in the shelter.
After sorting out the hotel situation, Katie put out a call for help on Facebook, pleading for anyone to provide a temporary foster home for Lucky. And, she says, “Never in a million years would I have expected the outpouring of support that was displayed.”
A day after Lucky entered the shelter, Joseph Popovich did as well, ready to take Lucky home immediately as his foster dog. Other locals stepped up as well, offering food, donations, and medical care for both Mr. Williams and Lucky. Their responses became so overwhelming that Katie created a GoFundMe campaign to help Mr. Williams find a stable living situation. So far, it has raised over $12,000 — more than double the original goal!
Mr. Williams has been humbled to see how much people care. He hopes to be settled soon so he can bring Lucky home. In the meantime, Lucky is taking advantage of all the creature comforts in his foster dad’s home.
When people team up for a good cause, they can do amazing things. Let’s all keep this in mind when we see someone struggling. Together, we can make all the difference for others in need, including our furry friends.
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