For most homeless people, there is only one priority: survival. That means only planning one meal ahead, it means standing on street corners and asking for a little help, and if they happen to have a dog, it means caring for that little one no matter what it takes.

And for one unnamed homeless man in Atlanta, Georgia, his love for his beloved dog is warming the hearts of hundreds.

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The man was found sleeping outside of a former animal shelter, not knowing that the shelter had changed locations. An employee from the shelter stopped to talk to him and found out that the man was waiting to find his dog. If that’s not unconditional love, we don’t know what is. 

The employee, Jarvis Smith, gave the man money so that he could take a train to the new location of DeKalb County Animal Services Shelter to reunite with his pup. And here’s the moment we’ve been anxiously waiting for … the reunion! The man was able to get to the shelter and was happily reunited with Tita, an adorable Chihuahua. Cue the tears in 3,2,1…

 

The original photo and video were shared by another employee of the shelter, Tracy Hunton Thompson and she is overwhelmed by the positive responses from all over the country (the video has been viewed over 153,000 times already!). Tracy beautifully summed up the experience by saying, “Love and compassion are still alive in this scary, crazy world.”

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Feeling motivated to help animals in your area? You too can make a difference in the lives of homeless animals simply by volunteering at your local animal shelter.

Organizations rely heavily on volunteers to assist with animal care and day-to-day operations. There’s never a shortage of things to do and opportunities are available for people of every skill set. You can help take dogs for walks, give them food and water, and make sure their area is clean. If your preference is helping out behind the scenes, you can volunteer your services by assisting with fundraisers, outreach events or general office tasks.

And please, always adopt and never shop!

Image source: Tracy Hunton Thompson/Facebook

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