When a woman named Angel Janes was driving home, she spotted a homeless sitting by the highway. At first, she didn’t think much of what she saw — until she noticed something on his lap. Angel pulled over to learn more, and soon, she realized that this man was one of the most kindhearted people she’d ever met.
Angel was driving home during her commute in Salt Lake City, Utah, when she noticed a homeless man with a sign, asking for money or work.
It was at this point that she noticed something in his lap.
The man, named Ron, took the cigarette and she saw that he was clutching a tiny chihuahua in his lap, wrapped in a blanket. He was trying his best to keep the little dog warm.
Angel was in awe of the man’s care and attention to the small dog. Angel spoke with Ron for a while and soon, he asked her if she’d be able to give the dog a good home.
Ron explained that he saw the dog dumped on the highway two hours earlier.
Ron told Angel that he saw a woman dumping her dog on the busy thoroughfare and was afraid the dog would get hit by a car. He immediately ran over and scooped the little dog off the dangerous highway.
“Just in this brief time we spoke, I was inspired by this heartfelt person,” Angel told The Dodo. “He was just trying to do right so this dog ‘wasn’t homeless like me.’”
Even though the dog was safe with Ron for now, he knew that he couldn’t take care of the little chihuahua.
Sadly, Angel wasn’t in a position to take the abandoned dog home, but she wanted to do everything she could to help. She shared the story on Facebook and it wasn’t long before a woman named Kathleen Dallman shared the post and detailed where Ron and the dog were located.
Soon, a lady was on her way to pick the Chihuahua up.
“A few minutes after I posted it, a lady was on her way to pick up the dog to foster him,” Kathleen told The Dodo. “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.”
When the woman arrived to pick up the chihuahua, it moved Ron to tears.
“He was in tears because he was able to help the dog find a home,” Kathleen said. “He said he knew what it was like to be homeless, and he didn’t want the dog to be homeless.”
The woman who picked up the dog was willing to foster the dog until she could find him a permanent home. It wasn’t long before Chasity Guyer, and her daughter wanted to bring the little dog into her home. She adopted him and named him Lucky Louie.
He’s safe, happy, and very, very loved. But Kathleen couldn’t stop thinking about Ron.
“I was so happy that things had worked out for the dog, but I couldn’t stop thinking about Ron,” she said. “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.”
After the first $400 was raised, she withdrew the amount and sought out to locate Ron to give it to him. He was in absolute shock.
“He was in tears,” Kathleen 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.”
Ron told Kathleen that he was dealing with some hard times and this money was a life-changer. He was able to get off the street that night and purchase a cell phone to look for job opportunities. His kind actions are still bringing in people’s donations, so we hope he gets back on his feet very soon.
“Now that he has a phone, we’re able to get in touch,” Kathleen said. “He really wants to get a job. Like the dog, everyone deserves a second chance at life.”
We’re so glad \that Lucky Louie is in his forever home, and it’s also wonderful that Kathleen went above and beyond to help Ron. What a wonderful story about second chances!