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December 10, 2021

A Hero Reunited

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Written by: josh

We had a very special day today: 1) We rescued a couple of very needy pups from the Bakersfield shelter and brought them back into the world and 2) we helped a stranger to be reunited with his doggy after getting out of jail. Our new friends name is Matthew,from the Bronx, and his only possessions are a parka, a phone and a trash bag full of miscellaneous clothes. He is an Iraqi War Veteran and former Marine whose house burned down a few weeks ago. He was separated from his dog yesterday when he was arrested for sleeping in public. Matthew was released from Jail this morning and walked several miles to the shelter to pick up his dog. I watched Matthew when he walked in and you could feel his nervous excitement from across the room; he wanted nothing more then to get his buddy and bounce the heck out of there. It would not be that easy. When the clerk told him that he would have to pay near $200 to get her out he was crushed and started sobbing. He cried like a proud man that didn’t have the energy left to fight back tears; they were tears of hopelessness- the kind your soul shoves forward when it can’t come up with any words. I had a conference with the terrific staff at KCAC and they agreed to waive some of the charges if I would cover the impound, “DEAL” I said! We took Matthew into the office where he began to pour out his story to us, always addressing me as “Sir”. We exchanged numbers, took this picture together and parted ways. We drove passed Matthew and his girl (princess jasmine is her name) as we got on the freeway and he shot us a huge smile and a thumbs up as he strolled proudly down the street with his chest out. He had immediately repaid us ten-fold. I have no doubt that our paths will cross again.

With all the great feedback we got from out Facebook page we got a hold of Matthew and we are going to work to get him settled in at the Bakersfield Mission and then work toward getting transitioning him into low-income housing as soon as possible…

One of our amazing followers gave us this link to the California Veterans Assistance Foundation to help out Matthew


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