CAMDEN, Del. – A video posted to social media shows a touching moment when a veteran is reunited with the dogs he was forced to give up while in the hospital.
According to the Huffington Post, the veteran, who is not identified, was forced to stay in the hospital after suffering a heart attack. His stay meant he could not take care of his two dogs, Bailey and Blaze. The First State Animal Center and SPCA in Camden, Delaware, said it would take care of them in a temporary move. But after weeks had passed, the dogs were put up for adoption.
Fortunately for the veteran, no one took the dogs.
According to the Huffington Post the man first reunited with the dogs Wednesday at the shelter, which is located inside a PetSmart store. But he still needed to pay adoption fees – $250 – which he was determined to do.
“This man was willing to sell his car to get the money,” adoption counsellor Lindsay Carrothers told the Post. But volunteers at the shelter offered to pay the fees.
When the man came by the next day to tell them he needed more time to get the money, the shelter told him the dogs were his.
Carrothers shared the video on Facebook and it has been viewed more than 3 million times.
“It had everyone in tears,” Carrothers told the Post. “You could just feel the love those dogs had for him. And there shouldn’t have been anything, especially money. that should’ve stood in his way to getting his family back.”
According to the report, even more donations have been pouring in for the dogs’ food and other supplies.