SAN PEDRO (CBSLA.com) — A good Samaritan who’s homeless and went above and beyond to get an abandoned dog to an animal shelter is being showered with help from viewers who saw the report from CBS2/KCAL9.
Lisa Snyder walked 1-year-old Joey, a pointer mix, to the nearest shelter after finding him wandering about Point Fermin Park in San Pedro, where temperatures dipped into the 40s overnight Monday.
As CBS2’s Kristine Lazar reports, Joey had been tied to a lightpost with a note around his neck that asked someone to take him home.
Snyder, an animal lover, is without a home, and her story captured the hearts of viewers and residents in San Pedro.
“I think it is because the world is ready for good news. We’re hungry for it,” she said. “It blows my mind. It warms my heart. Yeah, I run out of words.”
Since airing, a fundraising page was set-up to raise money for Snyder, whose van is in need of repairs.
“Just so you know, that’s more money than I ever made within a single month in my entire life,” said Snyder, who was presented with a check for $1,711.18.
When she went to Butch’s Auto Repair to drop her van off for repairs, she was told the business would offer its services for free.
“I’m in a position where I can help someone out that’s less fortunate, and I just decided to go ahead and do that,” Rami Packer of Butch’s Auto Repair said.
While Lazar was at the auto shop, another customer brought Snyder cat food for the three rescue cats she looks after.
Another viewer who saw the story on the news gave Snyder $100 while she stood in the parking lot.
“I babysit for the children next door. They just paid me this morning, so it’s serendipitous that I can give part of my payment to her,” the viewer said.
Until Snyder’s van is fixed, a local hotel has offered to put her up so she can shower and have a bed to sleep in.
“It’s awesome. People are awesome,” she said.
Meanwhile, no one has come forward to claim Joey, so far. He will go up for adoption March 13 at the end of a 10-day hold.