INDIANAPOLIS — Steve, a homeless man from California, made a 2,000 mile journey with only a bicycle, a shopping cart and his 11 stray rescue dogs. The unique family traveled all the way to Indiana, for what Steve felt would be a change for the better.
Along the way people took notice, and through a lot of generosity and support, Steve and his canine family have found a place to call home.
The happy ending happened in Indianapolis, where Steve and his dogs have been given a forever home, a place where they can live together. A local shelter will also be helping him care for his dogs.
Steve has been homeless since 2001. Since then, he has adopted almost every stray or street dog he has come across. The fact that he didn’t have a home of his own didn’t stop him from caring for dogs in similar situations to his own.
In the 14 years that Steve has spent on the streets, he estimates he has helped over 50 dogs. He’s even successfully found homes for many of the dogs he’s rescued along the way.
Steve felt that he had enough of California, and that a change might do him good. So with his bicycle and cart in tow, he headed towards Indiana. For most people in Steve’s position, a move across the country would mean having to give up their dogs. But he absolutely refused to give any of the dogs away, leaving them behind was not an option. So Steve packed up his belongings and left for Indiana on a bicycle for the 2,000 mile journey.
Along the way he met Alicia Erdington of the West Memphis Animal Shelter (WMAS). She passed along the story of Steve and his dogs, hoping to help them with their journey.
Erdington’s father Mickey set up a GoFundMe page, hoping to raise enough money for Steve and his dogs to get a hotel room for even one night. When they did get a hotel room, a lot of the volunteers from the shelter came by to feed the pups and give them doggy massages. It was probably the best sleep they had had in a long time.
WMAS managed to raise enough money so Steve and the dogs could stay in the hotel room one more night, and they also helped out with essentials such as good quality dog food and harnesses.
Steve then met Kelley Seaton, who lives in Tennessee, and she offered to drive him and his dogs the rest of the way to Indiana, free of charge.
When they finally reached their destination, they had enough money to get them started thanks to the GoFundMe page, which has raised them over $25,000. A donor also gave them a trailer to live in, the first real home Steve and the dogs have had since 2001.
With all the generosity given to Steve and his pups, they are hoping to find a piece of property to call their new home.