After learning he had a limited time left, John Vincent, 69, was admitted to the Hospice Center at the Raymond G. Murphy Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Veteran of the Vietnam War Vincent was compelled to give his beloved dog, Patch, to Albuquerque Animal Welfare before entering hospice care since he had no family.
When he arrived, John could feel his death approaching, so he told a hospice attendant his final wish: He wanted to see Patch before his time was up!
When the haven learnt of Vincent’s last desire, they swiftly set up a final meeting for Patch and his human.
Employees at the shelter were taking Patch to the hospice facility on the day of the visit. Patch was remarkably composed as they drove and seemed to be enjoying the journey, but as soon as they pulled into the street leading to the hospice, something shifted.
Patch put his paws over the glass and started to scream, appearing to understand where he was being carried even though he had never been there before.
He couldn’t have been more thrilled because he knew he would be seeing his father.
When the joyful reunion did occur, Vincent snatched Patch, embraced him fiercely, and started crying. He kept it there for several hours.
Fortunately, Vincent’s wish has come true. Patch has now found a loving family where he will never feel alone.
Their tale went global after the shelter shared pictures of them on social media, and Patch received a flood of adoption inquiries.