Man Finally Finds Home for Himself and His 11 Rescued Strays

Despite being homeless, Steve has rescued 11 stray dogs. He has finally found a forever home, not just for him, but for his rescued dogs as well.

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The journey that a homeless man and the 11 stray dogs he has rescued has finally come to a very happy ending.  After traveling over 2,000 miles with nothing but a bike, a shopping cart and a sense of family, Steve and his dogs now have a forever home together, and a local shelter is helping Steve care for the dogs as well.

Steve became homeless in 2001.  Since that time, he has “adopted” just about every stray or street dog he’s seen.  Just because he didn’t have a home of his own, didn’t mean he couldn’t find it in his heart to help the unfortunate dogs in the same situation.

Steve estimates that over the past 14 years he’s spent on the street, he has helped over 50 dogs.  He has even been successful is finding a home for quite a few of them as well, and asks for nothing in return.

Steve felt at one point that he had enough of California, and a change of scenery might be a good idea.  He decided to head out from there, and make his way towards Indiana.

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Many people in Steve’s position and about to make a move practically across the country would not have wanted/been able to take all their dogs with them.  However, he absolutely refused to give them up.  Steve would never leave his dog behind.

So, Steve and his dogs gathered up together everything they had and took off for Indiana.  Steve was on his bike, and kept pedaling for about 2,000 miles.  At one point he came across Alicia Edrington of the West Memphis Animal Shelter (WMAS).  She put the word out about Steve and his dogs, looking for help getting them to Indiana.

Edrington’s father, Mickey, set up a GoFundMe page, aiming to get together enough cash for Steve and his canine family a hotel room for at least a night.

Many of the shelter volunteers came to the hotel room to help out.  They fed the dogs and gave them doggy massages.  They took lots of photos of the slumber party and posted them to Facebook and Twitter.  By the looks of things, everyone got a really good night’s rest, probably for the first time in a long time.

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WMAS continued to work on their plan to get Steve and the dogs to Indiana.  They managed to raise enough money to have Steve and the dogs keep the hotel room for another night.  They also got some essentials for the dogs, like some good quality food and harnesses.

Then, Steve and his family of dogs had another stroke of good luck.  They met Kelley Seaton.  She lived in Tennessee, but had offered to drive Steve and the dogs the rest of the way to Indiana free of charge.

At long last, Steve and his family made it to their destination.  Thanks to the very generous 125 people that had donated to the GoFundMe page, Steve had a good amount of cash (over $4,000!) to get him started.  One of the donors even gave Steve and the dogs a trailer to live in. This is the first real home Steve and the dogs have had since 2001.

If you’d like to help Steve and the dogs find a piece of land for his new home, you can click here.  Any help at all is greatly appreciated by Steve and the dogs.

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130 thoughts on “Man Finally Finds Home for Himself and His 11 Rescued Strays

  1. I comment the last time on this, and called the mans Dogs Babies, and one Lady called me cross because I called them his Babies I hope she still has a nice Day. And I”m happy for him and HIS BABIES……

  2. made me cry…. glad steve and his furbabies are well on their way to having a fresh start. how refreshing it is to know there are still good people in the world today. GOD bless each and every person who helped steve and his furbabies… if you can’t help… you can PRAY for him/them. what a blessing to read!

  3. God bless this truly amazing man! Someone that can barely take care of himself, has the heart and compassion to take care of his family!

    1. GOD BLESS HIM. This man knows what it’s like to be alone, & he saw a need & did what few in his position would do. He deserves a house with a yard, & I would donate to the cause.

  4. Whoever helped this family, All of U will be blessed Always. You never no who it is who needs help. ( It mite just be GOD testing us, to see who has a heart…!!!!!

  5. Awesome News! Thanks to everyone who helps Steve and his babies. Thanks for all the Angels that help all animals and anyone who truly needs help. God Bless this man.

  6. It’s heartwarming to read stories such as this. When you read about all the atrocities regarding animals being abused, it makes stories such as this so much better. Bless you Steve.

  7. So happy for this precious man and his pups. See what happens when you are good to animals. Karma is going to get all you abusers. I hope more good comes his way. God Bless.

  8. Hi I am one of the original rescue members that is helping Steve he has a fb page steve & the traveling strays united

    Also someone inquired about a paypal
    If you’d like to pm me on fb mickey Edrington I’ll be glad to help answer any questions my Paypal is [email protected]

  9. Steve’s determination to stay with all his pets and go on long journey, he is one of a kind, GOD BLESS Steve , Animals, Agencies, Ladies, Volunteer Everyone involved YOUR ALL GREAT PEOPLE.

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