Woman Donates Puppy to Boy that Lost his in Fire

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Linda Welton is from Green Bay, Virginia, and is a watcher of NBC12 news.  After seeing a story about how eight-year-old Joshua and his family had lost everything, including their puppy, in a house fire, Welton decided she was going to do something.  Joshua got a big surprise when Welton donated a puppy to him and his family in the hopes of helping them begin the healing process.

“When he was talking about losing his pet and he was tearing up, I did, too,” said Welton. “So we made up our minds right then. I said, ‘I’m going to try to get in contact with NBC12 and see if the family might want another pet.'”

Welton took the trip from Green Bay to deliver the puppy personally to the family.  Joshua was over the moon at the mere thought of having a new, furry addition to the family.

“It’s good to know you have people out there caring for you,” said Joshua’s mom, Libny Reyes.

The family is getting help from neighbors all over the area.  A different viewer contacted the news station to let them know they had a storage unit that was brimming with various household items and necessities.  They wanted the family to know that they were willing to donate anything at all that would help them in any way.

Welton said she was happy to be able to help.  “We are just so proud to be able to do something to help,” she said.

If you are willing or able to assist the family recover from their horrible tragedy, click here to be taken to the fundraiser page.

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67 thoughts on “Woman Donates Puppy to Boy that Lost his in Fire”

  1. Is there a fee for the “go fund me”… I know this doesn’t really have anything to do with the post… but I can’t remember if this was the site that takes a fee for donating money… ??

  2. How can u people be so selfish???? Forget that this is a “good gesture” ever thought about what the puppy will be fed,taken care of, housed????? These people barely have food for themselves?? People can donate food, yes..but dog food, is a luxury, esp since gifting the dog to the boy should of waited until the family were back on their feet to survive..this by far was a really stupid move..

  3. Wow Chandrika! You are such a Debbie Downer. You know, any reputable shelter has programs for low income people with pets and a food donation program for those in need, because they recognize that spiritual stability is just as important as physical stability.


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