Vietnam veteran James Pack suffered a heart attack and was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. His two canines, Bailey and Blaze, were cared for by the First State Animal Center and SPCA while he was receiving treatment.
The shelter, located within a PetSmart store in Newark, Delaware, planned to house the canines until James’s recovery was complete.
James spent a lengthy time in the hospital, and upon his release, he returned to the animal shelter to retrieve his dogs.
However, the shelter had already adopted out the canines in accordance with its policy. James was unable to pay the $250 adoption fee to reclaim Bailey and Blaze, despite the fact that they were still available for adoption.
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James was unable to pay the adoption fee because he depleted his savings while hospitalized. To obtain the necessary funds, he decided to sell his car.
Upon learning of James’ situation, the staff came together to assist him by contributing $5-$10 each until there was enough money to cover the fee.
The video below depicts James entering the store’s shelter section when he is feeling ill. He is oblivious of the upcoming surprise.
James becomes emotional and his voice quivers with gratitude as soon as an employee reveals the truth about Bailey and Blaze.
Be sure to have a box of tissues handy while viewing this video. It concludes with an uplifting reunion that will restore your faith in humanity.
Watch the video below to witness James’ tearful breakdown at the pet store when he finally sees his beloved dogs again.