Homelessness is a problem that stretches from the most affluent neighborhoods to the most remote villages in America.
It’s a serious issue that most people tend to ignore, but when one good Samaritan learned the story of a very sick man in her neighborhood and his very heartbreaking dying wish, she knew she had to help.
Jenine-Lacette DShazer discovered Clifford James Herbert and his dog Baby huddled up on a sidewalk in Fresno, California, with nothing else but one another. She offered him a few things she had in her car as the 60-year-old drifter told her about how he was a former farm worker now dying of terminal cancer. And all he wanted before his time was up was to find a home for his beloved pup.
“I would like to help this man, Cliff, feed and care for himself and his sweet pitty-Australian Shepherd mix puppy, Baby, one he rescued from a man beating her,” DShazer wrote on a Go Fund Me page to help the duo.
“Cliff cannot speak due to a tracheotomy and Baby is all but totally deaf, they are like hand in glove.”
“Cliff only has six weeks to live, diagnosed with liver cancer, and wants to find a new home for her before he goes into the hospital.”
Thankfully, plenty of people were in a giving mood this holiday season and DShazer raised over $25,000 to help save Cliff and find a good home for the pup.
“BABY HAS A NEW HOME!,” DShazer updated donors. “It is exactly the kind of home her trainer, her vet and Cliff and I wanted for her. Cliff has been struggling to care for her properly so the decision was made to move her sooner than planned.”
Because the poor man can’t care for his baby, she’s now with a younger family who have other pets and kids to play with as well as lots of land to run about.
“I hope you will consider opening your homes to other animals in need just waiting for you to notice them, as I did Cliff and Baby,” she added.