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A man thought he had let a dog down when in fact he had saved its life.

For more than two years, George and Irene’s story was one of survival on the unforgiving streets until a compassionate soul extended a helping hand.

What unfolded next was not just an act of kindness but a true reminder of what can happen when we start to truly appreciate dogs for what they are—not toys, but living creatures.

“It Feels Like I’m Backstabbing him.”

dog walking in front of the house

After rescuing two dogs from the streets, this kind man from Los Angeles knew that calling for help was the right decision. Even so, it wasn’t an easy decision to make.

George and Irene were a bonded pair of dogs who were homeless for more than two years. Somehow, they managed to survive, but they had a really rough time.

One person in the neighborhood even said he was going to take them, breed them, and then sell the puppies.

Others would often throw things at them and chase them with knives.

This kind man simply couldn’t take it anymore, so he decided to bring the two stray dogs to safety. Even though he got really attached to them, sadly, he couldn’t keep them forever.

So, he decided to call Hope for Paws.

black dog standing on the side of the house

When JoAnn Wiltz and Katie McKittrick, from Hope for Paws, arrived at the scene, the poor man broke down crying, feeling like he was betraying the dogs by giving them away.

Little did he know that his call for help would actually save George’s life.

George was the shyest of the two. He was scared of humans, and he usually kept to himself somewhere in the corner.

His girlfriend, Irene, on the other hand, was very happy to see her rescuers. They soon realized that she was also George’s emotional support dog.

Learning To Trust

It took a little while for George to realize that they were there to help him. He kept running away from his rescuers.

He was even reluctant to eat the food they gave him.

Seeing George’s reaction, the kind man came to help, and he hugged George.

photo of man and a dog

He cared about the dogs so much that he really felt like he was betraying them. He couldn’t keep them because he already had a small dog.

With his help, though, the rescuers managed to get the two stray dogs into their vehicle and bring them to the hospital.

dog on a leash standing

If it wasn’t for a kind man and his call for help, George wouldn’t have survived. Even though he felt like he was betraying him, he was actually saving his life.

The bonded pair then went through rehabilitation and training with Guardian Angel Pet Rescue, who also found them an amazing foster home and were hoping to get them adopted together.

woman walking two dogs


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