Posted by Karin from Homeless people with dogs
The first vet I worked for years ago was a rough & gruf man on the outside, he scared little kids...(I kid you not!)..but he had a heart the size of Texas.
One month after I was hired a homeless man brought his mutt in with a cut on his pad, He told Dr. B. he could not pay for any services but would work in exchange. We had a back room that needed cleaning out, it had been used for storage & was a mess. Doc had this man clean it out, throwing much of the garbage away, we not only treated the dogs paw but neutered & vaccinated the mutt. It took a good day and a half for this guy to do the job..he was tireless, I had to beg him to stop long enough to down a sandwich. Underneath all the boxes & stuff in this room was a little kitchenette & bathroom, this room served as a night room at one time for the vet on call. Doc talked this man into moving in and working full time, doc had a knack for seeing a certain "spunk" in animals and people. This man was homeless no more and he stayed on becoming the kennel manager and one of the best, reliable employees Dr. B. ever had. Dr. B. became the only vet around to treat any pet of the homeless, always in exchange for light work & he always fed them too. Not one of these people denied to work, but always did the chores eagerly. They need to feel a purpose too. I learned alot from that vet, not just about animal care but human care also.