Almost every day we walk past homeless people in dire circumstances without a second thought. Very rarely do we take the time to consider that their reality might be a result of circumstances out of their control. Compassion can go a long way, and good deeds can sometimes turn into beautiful stories of love and kindness as Jenine-Lacette DShazer discovered one winter night in Fresno, California.
Jenine-Lacette was passing by a homeless man with a beautiful white dog curled up in his arms. She saw that although he was evidently in pain, he was also trying his hardest to keep the dog warm.
Jenine-Lacette offered him a blanket from her car, some toilet paper, and some cat food. He was extremely grateful for the gesture and the two began talking about his dog and his life. It was through this conversation that she discovered his heartbreaking story.
Clifford James Herbert spent most of his life as a farmer and owner of a mechanics shop. Mr. Herbert lost his job, lost his ability to speak clearly, and developed a disability after complications during a heart surgery which forced him into a coma. Subsequently, he became homeless.
Jenine-Lacette learned that the white dog in his arms was called Baby, and Mr. Herbert had rescued her from an abusive owner who beat her.
“She’s my whole world. She’s my best friend. She protects me,” he told her.
Soon after, he disclosed to her that he was dying of cancer with only a few weeks left to live. He pleaded with Jenine-Lacette to help him find Baby a forever home so she could be safe and protected after his passing.
Jenine-Lacette was touched by his love of Baby and moved by his distressing circumstances. She started a GoFundMe donation page to get Mr. Herbert and Baby off the streets. She worked tirelessly to help find the right home for Baby.
Shortly after, Mr. Herbert moved into a motel and Baby was adopted by a loving family, fulfilling his dying wish.
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