A homeless man named Patrick might not have had a roof over his head, but he had plenty of love to give to his pooch named Franklin. He made sure his dog ate before he did, even if that meant that Patrick went hungry for days until compassionate people could help him out.
One day, Patrick and Franklin found themselves in a frightening situation. But it was the kindness of a stranger named Wilma Price that brought Patrick to tears and saved Franklin’s life.
Wilma was walking out of the Walmart in Huntsville, Texas, when she spied Patrick holding a cardboard sign. He wasn’t asking for food or a job, but rather made quite an unusual request that caught Wilma off guard.
His sign read,
“Dog in pound. Need help.”
Being a dog lover, Wilma was drawn in by Patrick’s plea. He was begging for money so that he could spring his dog from the animal shelter.
She took notice of how desperate Patrick looked, but with only $8 to her name, she decided to head back to her car. Yet halfway there Wilma stopped – haunted by his words.
There was no way she could leave Patrick and his pooch in the lurch, Wilma told CBS News. So she went back.
“He looked like a little boy standing there lost.”
Wilma asked Patrick what happened and he told her he’d gotten in trouble for trespassing. He had to spend two nights in jail and Franklin was taken from him.
The dog was classified as a stray and placed in a local animal shelter, all alone and without Patrick. When he finally was released from jail, the shelter informed him it would take $120 for him to spring Franklin from the pound.