Albert, a homeless man from Los Angeles loves his five-year-old dog named Bliss more than anything. The bond between pet owner and dog is so deep that Albert is willing to put his declining health second, just to protect his four-legged companion and best friend.
This homeless man suffers from a collapsed lung, pneumonia, seizures,asthma and diabetes, and he knows he has little time left on this earth. He is refusing medical treatment because he doesn’t want to be away from his dog and put her life at risk again.
When Albert got sick not too long ago, he was taken to the hospital, and during his stay, Bliss was picked up by police and taken to a shelter. Because the pet had registered tags the dog was placed on hold until the pet owner could come claim the dog, but with Albert in the hospital no one came to claim for the dog. When Bliss’s hold time was up, the shelter gave Bliss time to get adopted, but with zero interest Bliss’s time was up.
Luckily, when the community heard this dog belonged to a homeless man that loved his dog, they rallied together and raised enough funds to break Bliss out of jail. The death row dog was saved 24 hours before being put to sleep.
Many people have stepped up to help Albert and his dog, but if it wasn’t for caring individuals such as Donna Miller and Bonnie Landsverk, Bliss and his owner would just be suffering on the streets alone.
“Albert can only walk a few steps without having to stop and rest. He refuses to go to the hospital or hospice care due to Bliss,” the women posted online. “Some kind people have raised funds for the next few days to keep him and Bliss in a motel but we need to keep him out of the cold and into care until it’s his time to pass.”
Lily Wissell and Sasha Sabbeth also learn of Albert and his dog, they contacted Jasmine Dustin from Cause4Paws for help. This organization has helped other homeless pet owners in the area and they too want to help Bliss and his loving owner.
“[Albert] is in really bad shape,” said Dustin. “He has diabetic ulcers that have now erupted on his leg. He’s unable to walk at all. His asthma is so bad that he can only speak a few words without having to stop. He doesn’t have much time left.”