Update: Homeless Pet Needs Help

A little over a month ago we were introduced to Steve and Alex. At the time they were living behind a convenience store. Steve was managing, but his dog Alex was not doing too well. I had posted their plight on Jobcase and with all the suggestions, advise and well wishes including valuable help on finding veterinary care for Alex, here is everything that has happened in the last month.

A wonderful veterinarian, who offered to provide all of her in house services for free, was able to bring Alex back to good health. Dr. Bethany was very kind, generous and thorough with the 6 visits it took to bring Alex back to good health.

I was able to help Steve get to his appointments with a local non-profit organization, Saint Vincent de Paul (previously refered to as SVP), who was able to provide him with much help consisting of everything from medical, and dental sevices to shelter, meals, clothing, treatment and counseling referal to name only some of all the great things that they do for the homeless and anyone who needs help and cannot afford it.

Yesterday I went to visit Steve and Alex whom I had not seen in about 2 1/2 weeks. They are living in a small studio apartment, attached to a home owned by an elderly couple. There is a big yard where Alex, who has gained four pounds is running and happily playing as a two year old dog should. He looks great!

Steve, whom I did not recognized until he grabbed me and gave me a big hug and called my name. I could not hold back tears as I, in disbelief saw a clean, shaved (what happened to all that facial hair?); well groomed, nicely dressed, handsome man standing before me.

Steve told me that this old couple offered the studio free of charge if he would agree to maintain the yard work. They would also pay the utilities. They love dogs, so Alex was a shoe in. Steve told me that the four of them got along great. He tells me that his parents abandoned him at a young age. This elderly couple, who doesn't have children of their own, treats him as a son, and he doesn't want to let them down. Steve let's me know that he has been sober for over two weeks and he is actively attending alchohol and substance treatment. He is also getting the counseling and continued support to slowly transition him back into society. He is determined to stay clean and wants to get a part time job sometimes in the near future.

I was able to stay and visit with Steve and even got to toss the ball with Alex a little, before the Phoenix heat drove us indoors. Before I left, Steve wanted me to be sure to tell everyone on Jobcase who were very kind to him and Alex ( I let him read all the Jobcase posts on my phone regarding him and Alex); how touched, blessed and thankful he is to everyone for all of their support, concern and love. He wants everyone to know that for the last 14 years of his life, it seemed that no one cares. Now he knows that that isn't so. He is renewed and determine to do something with the rest of his life, one day at a time...

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Ashley Wilson
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Patrick Coppedge I didn't know about Alex so this is the first I am hearing of it. I was so touched by your kindness to help him and leading him to Jobcase! I teared up here at work!!! I love animals and helping people so this was a double whammy for me. If he still needs a job we are more than happy to be there to support him. I love that Jobcase is about people helping people You are a remarkable man Patrick, truly. Thank you for all the good you do. I just hope someone reading this story will pass this kindness on today!

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Maddie A
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Thank you for the update, Patrick! This is so heartwarming.

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Matt Bornhorst
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Wow Patrick Coppedge - every update gets more heartwarming than the last!! I'm so glad you were able to connect him with the resources needed to get Steve back on his feet and into a healthy and productive routine. Him finding a family that suits his and Alex's needs is such a great thing, and it seems that he has found the support he needs to do something with the rest of his life!!

Thank you for being an amazing person and Jobcase and helping this man and his dog. This story is so inspiring and heartwarming, and it put a smile on my face for sure!! Thank you so much for sharing it with the community.

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Angeline Bane
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Tell Steve to find a good, loving church and make Jesus the Lord of his life. His church family will be a wonderful blessing to him.

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Jeremiah Gupton
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I will pray for you that you will bless with many more opportunities in your life

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Russell Jones
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Very nice story glad all turned out well

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Cheryl Presley
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So happy he got so much help to turn his life around. Don't give up on AAA. Stay clean.

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June Safford
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GOD blessings to Steve and Alex!

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Maria Serrano
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Wow what a GREAT life testimony !!! The good LORD GOD put you in their lives n it's MUCH better than before !!! Congrats to both Steve n Alex on doing so well now !!! The BEST way to show appreciation is to PAY IT FORWARD in the future n look out for someone else who you may see is struggling with the same thing the good LORD GOD brought you out of with the help of that man n older couple !!! Share your testimony with as many will listen n THAT too will go far n help others all over the globe :)

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Aaryon Bradshaw
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I wish I could of help it breaks my heart knowing I can't fix anything including myself

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