A Texas man has become the subject of public attention after he made a final wish to have all eleven of his dogs find homes.
Richard Ewers received the worst possible news ever when doctors explained to him that he had just a week left to live. Almost like any other person would, Ewers has a final wish he wants to see come true before he dies.
Unlike what the average American would demand, the 71-year-old explained that all he wanted was to have all of his rescue dogs adopted before his demise. Despite being fatally ill, Ewers has made great efforts to make this possible and thankfully, he now has the attention of the media.
One big hurdle, however, is the high number of dogs. For some two years, while oblivious to the progression of cancer throughout his body system, Ewers has been rescuing dogs from the streets.
All of the dogs accounted for were 27 in number but thanks to volunteers, donors, and the extensive media coverage, Ewers has just 11 left. The response to his outcry has been amazing with numerous volunteers stepping in to help vaccinate, spay and neuter the dogs, all in a bid to get them homes.
Mary Oyler is a volunteer from "Save Our Strays San Antonio" who has made it a goal to lend Ewers help with the animals. They have reportedly been coming to Ewers' home every day to tend to the dogs even while he is away at a hospice.
"We are all very saddened by this, of course, and we want to make that last wish come true for him.”
The eleven dogs left have raised significant concerns for Oyler who passionately expressed hopes all of them will get adopted to avoid them from being picked up by the county.
"It would add a lot more stress to what they're going through already. Not having Mr. Richard here, there's confusion, there's loneliness, there's depression."
She went on to reveal that with their owner aged and dying, the dogs have been living in poor conditions.
"There's no one to give them attention and love. There is no running water; there is no electricity.”
A profile, "Helping Mr. Richard and His Dogs," has been created on Facebook to make it easier for interested individuals and families to reach out.
Animal rescue stories, though a bit saddening, are indeed heartwarming reads. Just recently, Murphy, a pooch pup was found locked up in a dark alley. Thanks to the excellent care he got from PETA, he is now happily adopted into a family.