Homeless man sleeps outside of animal shelter to claim his dog—but then workers learn the mistake he made

December 30, 2017 3:59 pm Last Updated: January 10, 2018 9:06 am

We all have that one person that we are close to. That one person that we talk to every day and that one person who is there through the good and the bad. For some people, that person is a furry friend and not human. One homeless man in Georgia showed us the power of friendship between him and his dog.

Share tap shared a story of one homeless man that was separated from his dog in Georgia. His dog was taken to an animal shelter, so he went to the local animal shelter even though it was night, and waited outside so he could be there for his dog bright and early.

The shelter workers found the homeless man sleeping outside the shelter first thing in the morning, and were shocked to realize he was here with a mission.

He was hoping to be reunited with his best friend—but he soon learned that would not be happening there and then.

As the man explained his story to the shelter employees, their hearts sank, because they realized he made a mistake.

The shelter had switched locations.

The animal shelter that he thought he slept outside of had in fact moved across town in Chamblee, Georgia; another, unaffiliated shelter had taken its place at the old location.

Luckily, there are good people in the world and shelter employee Jarvis Smith took the time out to learn about the homeless man’s dilemma.

When Smith learned what had transpired, he knew he had to help. Smith gave the man money to take the train to the shelter’s new location to look for his dog.

The shelter’s operation manager, Tracey Hunton Thompson, shared the act of kindness by her employee on her Facebook page with the caption “Never let a chance pass by to help someone. Our employees never do.”

(Facebook / Jarvis Smith)

The response from Tracey’s post created a positive response and she explained that good people still exist.

“The amount of comments and likes and shares it got melts my heart. I have a very diverse life and friends and this reassured me no matter what my friends believe or how they choose to live their life they all have a beating heart for those down on their luck. Love and compassion are still alive in this scary, crazy world!”

Smith helped the man because it was the right thing to do. “I only did the right thing to do and I’ll do it again when it comes to animals and getting them back home to loved ones.”

Smith did exactly that, because the man and his dog were reunited!

Posted by Tracy Hunton Thompson on Friday, August 18, 2017