James Pack, a Vietnam veteran, had a heart attack and was admitted to the hospital in critical condition. The First State Animal Center and SPCA took care of his 2 dogs, Bailey and Blaze, while he was being treated. The shelter, which is situated within a PetSmart store in Newark, Delaware, intended to keep the dogs until James had fully recovered.

James was in the hospital for a long time, and when he got out, he went to the shelter to get his dogs back. However, the shelter had already given the dogs up for adoption according to their policy. Even though Bailey and Blaze were still available for adoption, James didn’t have enough money to pay the $250 adoption fee to get them back.

James was unable to afford the adoption fee due to losing his savings during his hospitalization. In order to gather the funds, he decided to sell his car. Upon learning of James’ situation, the staff came together to assist him by contributing $5-$10 each until there was enough money to cover the fee.

The video below shows James entering the shelter section of the store when he is not feeling well. He is unaware of the surprise awaiting him. As soon as a worker shares the truth about Bailey and Blaze, James becomes emotional, and his voice trembles with gratitude. Make sure you have some tissues nearby while you watch this emotional clip. It features a heartwarming reunion at the end that will restore your faith in humanity.

Click the video below to witness James’ tearful breakdown at the pet store when he finally sees his beloved dogs again.

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