Stranger’s Generosity Means Much-Needed Surgery For a Homeless Man

Lori Ennis
by Lori Ennis
An Australian woman saw a need one night and decided she could do something to meet it–she created a GoFundMe account for a dog whose homeless owner could not pay for surgery.

Laurel Lainio and her friends were enjoying a night on the town, and when it ended, they came upon a homeless man who plays on the streets in hopes of making enough for him and his dog Rosie to have a meal or two. Lainio struck up a conversation with Pat Quinn, and marveled over his dog Rosie, when she learned Rosie needed to have a costly surgery to repair an injured knee.

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Quinn told Lainio that the surgery would cost $3000, a clearly unattainable amount for the homeless man, and Lainio says she just couldn’t bear the thought of Rosie needing the surgery to help her knee, but not being able to get it because of her human’s unfortunate circumstances.

Lainio realized that she could help the pair out, and created a GoFundMe page to raise the funds for the surgery. Rosie’s situation was special to Lainio, as she also has torn her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and knows the pain that can bring.

She was touched by the fact that Pat was trying to do all he could, including not eating to save the money for her surgery, and she felt compelled to help them both and get Rosie walking comfortably again.

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Her generosity and action inspired local veterinarian Veronica Wah Day of Pets & Their People to offer her surgical services to help offset costs, and when she did, Lainio searched homeless shelter after homeless shelter to track Quinn down and to tell him Rosie was going to have her surgery! Quinn says he just can’t even believe that the act of kindness is real, and was blown away by the generosity of all who donated, as well as Lainio’s motivation to help.

The GoFundMe effort already raised over $1,300, and according to their update, Rosie had a successful surgery this week and is mending nicely. Though the update says their target has been reached, we’re sure any extra money will go to ensuring Rosie’s recovery and Quinn’s care for her are the best that it can be!

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