Angel Janes from Salt Lake City, Utah was driving home one day when she saw a homeless man near the freeway exit. He had a sign asking for money or work. She stopped her vehicle and gave the man what she had – a cigarette. That’s when she noticed that he was holding a tiny Chihuahua with him. He had covered the pooch with a blanket so that he could fight against the cold.
Janes quickly realized that the man’s first and foremost priority was the dog in his arms.
The man, Ron, asked her if she could give the tiny pup a good home. He told her that he had seen a woman throwing the dog out of her car and onto a busy road just two hours earlier.
He was worried for the dog’s safety, so he stepped in and rescued him.
“Just in this brief time we spoke, I was inspired by this heartfelt person,” Janes said. “He was just trying to do right so this dog ‘wasn’t homeless like me.'”
The Chihuahua was in good hands, but Ron knew the dog deserved more than he could offer.
Janes was unable to rehome the puppy by herself, so she shared his story on Facebook. Another woman called Kathleen Dallmann reposted to a page for local animal lovers, explaining where Ron could be found.
“A few minutes after I posted it, a lady was on her way to pick up the dog to foster him,” Dallmann said. “She offered Ron $50 as a show of her gratitude for keeping him safe. He said, ‘No, I just wanted to do the right thing.’ But she insisted he take it.”
All that mattered to Ron at the moment was improving the dog’s life.
“He was in tears because he was able to help the dog find a home,” Dallmann said. “He said he knew what it was like to be homeless, and he didn’t want the dog to be homeless.”
Then everything started changing for the pooch, and for Ron as well.
The woman who picked the pooch up from Ron decided to foster him until he got into a loving forever home. However, that didn’t take long either.
Chasity Guyer and her daughter ended up adopting the Chihuahua after they heard about his situation. They named him Lucky Louie as a reference to how quickly he found help after losing everything he once had.
“He is doing really good,” Guyer said. She also added that Lucky Louie can now feel safe. “He’s not going anywhere.”
“I was so happy that things had worked out for the dog, but I couldn’t stop thinking about Ron,” said Dallmann. “He didn’t even have a place for himself. So, I started a GoFundMe page for him. I didn’t know if anyone would donate, but after getting the word out, it got up to $500.”
The fundraiser for Ron is still active, but Dallmann was able to withdraw some of the money that’s been collected so far. She brought him a little over $400.
“He was in tears,” Dallmann said. “He couldn’t believe that the community would do something so nice for him. When I handed him the money, he wanted some of it to go to the dog’s care. But I told him it was just for him.”
The video below shows Ron with Dallmann, sharing his gratitude.
Ron expressed to Dallmann about how he had fallen on hard times, and she believes that he is sincere in his desire to find stable work and turn his life around. Apparently, he used the money to get off the street that night and purchased a cell phone to seek out opportunities.
“Now that he has a phone, we’re able to get in touch,” Dallmann said. “He really wants to get a job. Like the dog, everyone deserves a second chance at life.”
If you want to help Ron out, visit the GoFundMe page dedicated to him here.
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