For homeless man Patrick, his dog Frederick is his most prized possession but when the authorities took it and placed it in the pound, the 30-year-old guy was distraught as he did not have the money to get it back.
He couldn’t even afford to buy a decent meal for himself but the pound was asking $120 so he could get Frederick back.
So, instead of panhandling for food, he asked people money to get the dog back. He stood outside the parking lot of Wallmart in Huntsville, Texas carrying a sign “Dog in Pound; Need Help”. A number of people were able to give him a couple of dollars yet those were not enough to pay the pound.
Lucky for Patrick, a woman named Wilma Price saw him holding the sign. As a dog lover herself, she knew just how this guy is feeling now that his dog is not with him. So, she asked how much he needed but because she only had $8, it still wasn’t enough to get him the dog.
But Wilma did not just stop at giving Patrick her last $8. Instead, she called a friend to help her out. Wilma’s friend promised to sponsor the amount if Wilma could verify whether Patrick’s story was true.
So, she called the pound and was told that, indeed, the dog costs $120 to bail out because the pound charges a $35 impoundment fee plus they gave the dog rabies shots and tested him for heartworm (he’s negative); the pound also gave the dog shots for flea prevention.
As promised, Wilma’s friend gave the money – Patrick was finally reunited with Frederick! According to Wilma, the dog was so excited to see her human.
Patrick tried to give her all the money he was able to collect from panhandling for Frederick’s pound fee but Wilma refused to accept it as her friend had paid the balance in full. She told him to save the money for food instead.