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Albuquerque group grants veteran's wish to see dog one last time

Posted at 9:23 AM, Oct 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-22 12:23:22-04

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Animal welfare workers in New Mexico made a special wish come true for a veteran in hospice care last week.

Albuquerque Animal Welfare said John Vincent was recently admitted to a local medical center for veterans. A social worker reportedly told the animal welfare group that Vincent didn’t have much time left.

Vincent had to surrender his pup, Patch, to the welfare organization after he went into hospice care because he had no family in New Mexico.

He had one request after being admitted for care -- to see his dog one final time.

The team made the decision to take Patch to the hospice center for a reunion.

“It was such a heart warming moment! They were so happy to see each other and to say their good byes. It was an honor to make this veterans final wish come true,” Albuquerque Animal Welfare said in a Facebook post.

After their special day together, Patch was taken back to the animal shelter to wait for a new home. They have since said that Patch was adopted.