While driving home in Arkansas, Alicia saw a man pedaling his bike and carrying 10 dogs in a makeshift trailer. Neither Alicia nor the man had any idea their encounter would change their lives forever.
Once they got to talking, Alicia learned that Steve has been homeless since 2001. Over the last 14 years, he’s dedicated himself to taking in animals who are neglected and in need of love. Steve and his beloved dogs were in the midst of a 2000-mile journey to see his girlfriend in Indiana. That night, he planned to set up camp so the dogs could rest.
Steve found a kinship with stray dogs; just like him, they had no home. Steve found a sense of family with the dogs, and home became wherever they were, as long as it was together.
But Alicia couldn’t leave the man and his pack. She and her mom took to Facebook and reached out to animal advocates around the country. Within two hours, donations flooded in, and a kindhearted stranger named Kelley volunteered to drive Steve and the dogs to their destination in Indiana.
Steve and the dogs also were gifted with a safe motel room, food, and a warm bed. The pups were treated like kings and queens, and they could not have been happier.
Steve and his girlfriend were also connected with an animal hero named Angela, who runs an organization that specifically works with homeless people and their pets.
Angela has become the family’s savior, working with them every day since their arrival.
Steve will also be getting a new trailer for himself and his dogs so that his family will never be homeless again. He continues to be blown away by the unexpected acts of kindness, and remains in touch with Alicia and her mom.
Steve will receive assistance in spaying and neutering the dogs. His pups will be provided with all the medical care they need and deserve.
Now, with fans and followers around the country — thanks to the power of social media — Steve and his dogs will be safe and happy. “If it wasn’t for every single one of you, this man might still be pedaling down the road not knowing what hardship he might hit next,” Alicia says.