Animal rescue helping homeless man and his dog

FOX Carolina 21

Buster has never been in a home, but he’s never gone without. For five years Buster has been by the side of Joe Groomes, a homeless man. When rescue workers from Carmen’s Rescue spotted Joe and Buster they stopped to see if Buster needed help. What they found was a dog better taken care of than most and they are now doing what they can to help Groomes.

Groomes took in Buster, an American bulldog, almost five years ago and credits Buster with saving him many times. In those five years Groomes has made sure Buster had everything he needed, including shots and medicine. Anything Groomes has, Buster has a well. “Sometimes I’d have to do without, but it’s worth it,” said Groomes. “He’s innocent. He can’t do it for himself.”

When Sheri Kassalias and Kayce Emondson of Carmen’s Rescue spotted Groomes and Buster last Wednesday they stopped to see if Buster needed help. The rescue group often saves loose and abandoned dogs in South Carolina. When they met Joe and Buster they felt compelled to help out a human. They were amazed at how well taken care of Buster was. “You don’t see a dog as healthy as Buster. He looks healthier than my dogs and he’s never been in a home” said Warren Gerhardt. “It’s remarkable that Joe’s been able to do that.”

The rescue posted Groomes and Buster’s story on Facebook and started a donation site to help the two stay in a hotel through Christmas. Buster will also have a full veterinarian check-up where he will be neutered, micro-chipped and receive documented shots. There is also work to find Groomes a job, as people in the rescue community have offered Groomes an opportunity to work with a dog trainer.

If you would like to help Groomes and Buster a chipin has been set up for donations.


  1. Louise1949 says on  12/17/2012 at 3:58 pm

    How sad that they are homeless but it is wonderful they have each other God Bless both of then and everyone who is helping

    • nancy says on  05/30/2015 at 6:35 pm

      This man is my husband , I love him and Buster very much. he has a home, if he would just come home.

  2. i rember a few years ago rescue paid the mortage for a family that would have had to give up their 3 dogs they had for years the dad was going to be able to go back to work in 2 months it was eaiser to keep whole family and dogs in house for christmas and the next month, i think it,s wonderful

  3. Anonymous says on  12/19/2012 at 1:05 am

    We need more men like u all over the that will put another before there own needs….that is an awesome guy in my book….May u always have love in ur heart, and ur friend by ur side…..Please stay safe and warm all year through <3

  4. Hi my name is tonie hamilton and i am homeless with my dog in GA. Need help please can anyone help us

  5. Nancy says on  05/30/2015 at 6:40 pm

    This man is my husband. He loves to live his life drifting around. If any of you see him, tell him to come home, is wife misses him and loves him very much

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