He was exhausted, the puppy was exhausted, and they were sleeping. It was one of those moments that just grab your heart. He was so determined to get her help. It clearly was a selfless thing to do. He wasn't thinking about getting home to sleep. He was thinking about what he could do to help this puppy survive.Officer Garibaldi spent 3 hours of his own personal time slipping in and out of sleep as he waited for vets to assess the puppy's condition. Aside from some mites, she was found to be quite healthy, but the problem still remained---where was the poor little orphan to live? Connie Johnson snapped the now famous photo of Garibaldi and his companion sleeping in the waiting room. Once it was posted to Twitter it spread rapidly across social media and went viral. Thousands commented on the kindness and generosity of the young officer. The puppy's new-found internet fame would surely have gotten her adopted in no time, but as it turned out, that wouldn't be necessary. Officer Garibaldi returned to the police station with the little stray in tow after her check-up. As puppies often do, the tiny cutie attracted the attention of the officers and staff. One particular dispatcher fell hopelessly in love and committed then and there to adopting the pup---later named Hope. The Lakeland Police Department posted the following update via their Facebook page expressing their pride and admiration for their colleague's selfless actions. Thanks to Officer Garibaldi Hope's story has a very happy and inspiring ending. He was willing to devote his own time and efforts to rescue an animal that he was under no obligation to help. These simple acts of kindness and generosity are what define a true hero.
H/T to The Dodo
Featured Image via Connie Johnson/SPCA Florida