$10,923 of $5,000 goal
Romale wasn't quite sure why a bunch of cops took the extra steps to help him. Contrary to what has been highlighted in the media, the majority of law enforcement officers really just want to help. We're all human and this is what we do.
Charlie continues to recover, heal, and show improvement everyday.
A bit of background... Charlie was originally gifted to Romale. Romale is currently transient and decided it's in Charlie's best interest to return him to his previous owner's daughter. This way, Charlie can live a more normal and comfortable life.
We are still discussing how to property distribute the donated funds.
Once again, we can't thank everyone enough for coming together to help a stranger and his best friend.
Can any of the excess be used to help Romale find housing that will take the dog? Or is that not at all a possibility. Perhaps the extra money can be donated to a food bank for animals; some people have difficulty buying pet food sometimes, but won't part with their pet, and they need food for the animal. Or towards an organization that helps homeless, who want help, who have pets find housing that will accept their pet. If more places allowed pets there would be fewer pets being dumped or surrendered. I volunteer at a shelter and it's amazing how many people surrender their pets because they are moving and cannot take their pet.
I appreciate the good intentions of the Sheriff's Office deputies for starting this page. But since it has been shared throughout the media in the past couple of days, I would feel remiss as a person who is owned by her dog and cats if I didn't mention that I feel uncomfortable with the fact that this beautiful dog could be returned to a situation where it cannot be cared for financially. It is also unfortunate that Charlie was put in a position to be led in the path of an oncoming VTA train in an area without a crosswalk. As the other commenters have mentioned, if there can be as much done as possible to ensure the long-term care of this dog, it would be much appreciated. Thank you.
It's pretty amazing that 342 people can raise over $10, 000 in two days to save an innocent animal. It gives a person hope for the human race. :) I truly think there might be at least a few less homeless people with animals on the streets if affordable pet friendly housing wasn't something of a myth in this area.
could it be Charlie was being aggressive because of pain not because he is an aggressive dog. he is in a place he doesn't know and in pain sometimes kind words and caring before you muzzle him or how about the vet donating pain medication instead of waiting for money
If there are funds left over, some shelters or veterinary offices have funds set up to help people who cannot afford veterinary care for their pets in an emergency. Maybe it can be earmarked to be used for a homeless person's pet. Many homeless people take good care of their pets. They might not have a house, but their pets get lots of attention and are not chained up in a backyard all day. In San Francisco there is VetSOS, I don't know if there is anyone doing something similar in the South Bay.
Im happy charlie is recuperating.i am very sad for romale the owner.hopefully charlie will be in good hands..it is comforting to know there are good people who care for our furry best friends...god bless everyone who made this possible..
I have heard about this story on the news the other night and wanted to donate. So glad to hear he has double what he needs! Also that he is going to live in a more normal surrounding for the care that he needs. I hope the extra money that Charlie doesn't need can be put into a fund by the Sheriff's department to help other animals in need. They are off to a good start there, already!
People are so quick to judge you think just because they got hit by a train that they are automatically homeless or something, do you ever stop to think maybe he was taking his dog out for a walk and this happen and yes some people cannot afford vet bills cause they are very expensive and sometimes there more expensive then a humans medical bill!!!!! Charlie i hope you heal very quickly so you can be back with your owner