Homeless Man’s Life Changes After Volunteering at a Local Animal Shelter

The shelter that once cared for his beloved pet while his owner was homeless helped to turn this man's life around.

By 7 months ago

At one point in life, Pete Buchmann and his beloved dog, Buster, found themselves homeless. After losing his construction job and unable to pay rent, Pete started living in a tent with his pup.

While Pete didn’t mind camping out for a bit, it was difficult on Buster who was 9 at the time. Desperate to do what was best for his companion, Pete brought Buster to Faithful Friends Animal Society in Wilmington, NC and found himself a homeless shelter nearby.

Each day, Pete walked 5 miles to the shelter and volunteered for 2-3 hours walking Buster and the other dogs.

When national news caught wind of Pete and Buster’s story, countless people reached out to help. Folks donated a truck to help Pete get back and forth, found him transitional housing with 6 months free rent, offered him a steady job with a fire security company, and raised over $39,000 for him on GoFundMe.

Pete, however, never stopped volunteering at the shelter, even after Buster passed away 2 years later. He still volunteers his time and money to help the other homeless pets. Not long after Buster passed away, the shelter asked Pete if he would foster a dog that had spent a lot of time at the shelter as he was very reactive.

Pete agreed and soon, the reactive behaviors subsided once the pup had a more normal and comfortable life. Soon after, Pete adopted Matteo, filling the gap that was left by the loss of Buster.