If we could pick up every stray dog we see, we probably would, but the idea of doing so and the reality of doing so are two very different things. That didn’t stop Steve, a man who became homeless in 2001, from actually picking up every stray dog he saw. He’s cared for over 50 in the last 14 years, The Dodo reports; he currently has 11 of them.
Steve, on a journey from California to Indiana, gathered up the 11 dogs and put them in a cart attached to a bike. He began pedaling. Two thousand miles later, he met Alicia Edrington. According to the Facebook page she set up, she noticed him on her way home but didn’t stop because of her crying baby in the backseat. She told herself that when she went back to town a short time later she would stop if she saw him. When she did, she got his story, offered him dog food and treats and asked his permission to share his story. She, along with her mother, told his story on Facebook and was able to raise enough money for him and his dogs to have a hotel room for two nights.
Others donated 100 pounds of dog food, leashes, harnesses and other essentials. One woman, Kelley Seaton, even drove the little family the rest of the way to Indiana, where Steve continues to take care of the stray dogs he took in as his own, even when he had nothing. With the help of a GoFundMe campaign, Edrington and others are hoping to get Steve a trailer and land or maybe even a house.
The latest GoFundMe update states, “Spoke with Angela (outreach program case worker) just a little bit ago and they went today and looked at some trailers. There are several that need repairs, ranging from electrical work, plumbing work, roof work, etc. There are also a couple of trailers that need minimal work. One lady has 1 for sale but wants $7500.00 for it. It’s been totally remodeled and will come with washer/dryer, stove and refrigerator. This would be the perfect home for them but of course we aren’t close to that amount in our fundraiser yet. The lot rent would be like $150.00 a month then utilities. This is a pet friendly trailer park so the family would be able to not only stay together but also have their own place and not live out of their cart any longer.”
If you’re interested in learning more about Steve and his dogs, or if you wish to donate, visit the Steve’s Strays United Across the USA Facebook page or the Steve’s Strays United Funds for Care GoFundMe page.