We’ve all encountered a homeless person at some point in our lives. Perhaps that person asked us for money or for food. Maybe he or she was playing a guitar in hopes of monetary donations. Most likely, though, we saw that person holding a cardboard sign.
Usually, that sign has some variation of “Hungry. Please help” or “Will work for food.” For one homeless man in Huntsville, Texas, that sign did not ask for food or money. His sign read, “Dog in pound. Need help.”
Wilma Price spotted the man, who she later found out was named Patrick, and his sign outside a Walmart, and it moved the dog lover. Even though Price had less than $10 in her pocket, she approached Patrick.
“I looked at him and I couldn’t get over it,” she told CBS News. “He looked like a little boy standing there lost.”
The two spoke, and Price learned that the dog, Franklin, was taken to a shelter after Price was sent to jail for two days for trespassing, CBS News reports. When he was released, he was told how to get Franklin back. Unfortunately, getting Franklin back involved paying for the dog’s updated vaccinations as well as $10 for each day he was there. The $120 was too much for the homeless man to pay, but he couldn’t leave town without Franklin. He even had a water bowl, dog food and dog toys in his backpack.
“That dog is my life,” Patrick told Price, according to CBS News.
Understanding the love one has for a dog, Price and a friend paid to get the dog from the shelter. Price and Patrick have since become friends, and a GoFundMe page has been set up to help Patrick get back on his feet.
“You did more for me than most people have done in my life,” Patrick told Price, CBS News reports. “You don’t know how much I thank you.”