A 53-year-old homeless veteran with terminal pancreatic cancer thought he’d never see his service dog, Olivia, again. But thanks to the generosity of a community, they shared a heartwarming reunion this week.
Harry Brown, who has only a year left to live, NBC Los Angeles reported, was visiting family and friends in Long Beach, California, to say “goodbye.” He fell asleep in a park, when Olivia disappeared. He searched for her for five days before he had to return home to Arizona.
He posted an ad on Craigslist hoping someone would find her:
“Her name is Olivia and she is the life to me,” he wrote in the ad. “I would offer reward but I am a disabled veteran and have nothing but that little girl. So please if you can help unite us. I would be forever in your debt.”
Devastated, he even got rid of her bed and supplies. But then, he got a glimmer of hope.
"I got an email back, it says 'Your girl is in L.A. County, go get her,'" Brown told NBC (scroll down for video).
Unfortunately, there was the matter of paying the fee to release Olivia from the shelter and the bus ride back to California. That’s when Good Samaritans stepped in to help. A nonprofit organization called My Captain Care found out about Brown’s dilemma and raised the funds for Olivia to be released from the shelter and for his bus ticket, plus food, toys, and supplies. They even raised enough for Olivia to be spayed. “Tears all around at the shelter when they were reunited,” the organization posted on Facebook.
Grab some tissues and see the reunion here:
Also, read about a woman who is helping care for the pets of the homeless in Arizona.