Memphis, Tenn. – For me this is a heartbreaking story whose ending can be happy or sad according on how it makes you feel. I guess in a way it is both. It is the story of a homeless man and his pack of 31 stray dogs about to move on with their lives… separately.
This man was living in the woods of the Natchez Trace State Park with his dogs for 16 years. They were living as a pack – and as a family – surviving together. The community members offered and supplied help for him in several occasions but in many others he refused it. They offered him a home and medical care for him and for his dogs.
Recently his health deteriorated and he couldn’t refuse the help anymore. So he agreed in re-homing his dogs so he could take care of his own health. His only condition was that his dogs had to be taken care of before him; they were his priority.
The association that assisted with the dogs is Animal Rescue Corps. This past weekend they took the dogs to an emergency shelter to get checked and vaccinated and they will provide daily care for them until they are placed with shelter or rescue organizations that will find their forever homes.
ARC published in their Facebook page that they will follow up and update the situation of the dogs. You can visit their website or their FB page to check up on them or to donate for their cause. We hope they will find loving homes and as for the man, we hope he will improve his health and maybe still be able to help more dogs in need.
So this story is heartbreaking because this is a family getting separated. This man obviously loves his dogs and as you can see in the pictures, the dogs are well fed and they look healthy. Despite the lack of deep medical care, he took care of them as best as he possibly could. But of course if he had gotten too sick, he wouldn’t have been able to take care of them. Giving them up was a way of hoping that they will get a good life.