Less than two months – all the time that a homeless man in Fresno, California, has left to live. Before cancer steals his life, he has something of vital importance that needs to be accomplished…finding a loving home for his beloved dog, Baby.
According to Saturday’s Miami Herald, 60-year-old Clifford Herbert lost his home and job when he suffered medical complications following heart surgery back in 2006. Life has been a struggle, but Baby, the dog he rescued from an abusive situation, is his source of companionship and love. He told the Herald, “She’s my whole world. She’s my best friend. She protects me.”
Tragically, the cancer in Herbert’s body has spread to his brain and he is expected to be alive for a mere six weeks of time.
A kind woman, who took note of Herbert’s situation, is doing her utmost to help. Jenine-Lacette DShazer set up a GoFundMe account and she is using the funds to pay for an extended-stay hotel where Herbert and Baby can be together. On the fundraiser, the cost to make this possible is detailed:
I would also like to keep the two of them in their current residential hotel home together, Crossland Suites, for the month or so he has left to live. The weekly rate for the two of them is $366 and the monthly rate is just under $1400.
we just need to raise funds for ongoing costs of feeding and housing Cliff and Baby for the month of December and January. The aim is to find donors, trusted friends and visitors. Cliff will likely be gone by the end of January so we also need a permanent wonderful home for Baby by then. Cliff will want to meet you and smooth the transition from his care of Baby to yours. They are sensitive kind souls who have a lot of love to give and receive.
Baby has received veterinary care from the funds donated so far – DShazer detailed what has been done for the young dog:
We have paid for Baby’s vetting out of the donations made. She went to my own vet, Dr. Whitney Janzen at the Animal Medical Clinic in the Tower District, and was spayed, boarded for post-surgery observation, vaccinated, microchipped, dewormed and examined overall for a very reasonable rate.
Click here to find the fundraiser.