Animals

How an About-to-Be Homeless Man Got to Keep His Beloved Dog

Strangers helped keep his heart from breaking. There's still time to get involved in being a part of the happy ending.


When a man came into the Gwinette County Animal Shelter in Lawrenceville, GA to give up his pet dog, Katie Corbett's intuition told her something was wrong.

Turns out that the man she calls Mr. Williams was there to surrender Lucky, his companion of 14 years. He had just been evicted from his home and didn't want his friend to go through the chaos of being homeless. With 40 dollars in his pocket and all of his possessions packed into the back of his car (he didn't put anything in the front seat because that's where Lucky rides) Williams was there to sign over Lucky, hoping he would find a better home.

Katie snapped a few pictures and posted the story on social media hoping to simply find a foster home for Lucky until they could figure out a plan for Williams. "Never in a million years would I have expected the outpouring of support that was displayed," wrote Katie on the GoFundMe page she set up to raise money for the pair (click here).

As of this writing the page has raised nearly $11,000, more than twice the original goal . Williams is temporarily in a hotel and Lucky is in a foster home until Katie and her group can find more stable living situation for them both. She's promising to be transparent about how the money is spent, and that no money will be transferred until there's a solid plan for the pair.

"Thank you all so much for wanting to help Lucky and his dad. Lucky really is so lucky." Katie Corbett

Williams has determined a large van will be the best situation, so they're looking at helping him purchase one and outfitting it so he and Lucky can live there. Other funds will pay for Lucky's vet care and food. The group is also helping Williams find a job, which could be challenging because he's disabled so he can't do much manual labor. But they're optimistic.

If you'd like to help, click here to go to the GoFundMe page .

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