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Update on elderly, cancer-stricken man who lost his home because of his dog

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An elderly, Atlanta, Ga., man, who is fighting two different types of cancer, was recently faced with another crisis when he was turned away from safe housing because of his dog, a bully-breed named "Lady."

Johanna Falber, who is the founder of the rescue agency, Stubby's Heroes, was made aware of 74-year-old Rahman Apacansis' situation and she has spent the past week working to improve things for the elderly man and his companion.

As word of "Mr. A's" situation spread, compassionate strangers began to donate food and funds.

Unfortunately, the beleaguered senior suffered another setback on Friday night when he was robbed.

Falber shared the following:

Mr. A is in an extended stay hotel because he was robbed on Friday night. The broke into his room and stole donated dog food, his watch, food and other small things.

His room door would not lock and he literally had to sleep with the front door wide open to the street, sitting up, leaning against the wall, with one hand on his pit bull Lady,and the other on an aluminum bat. This is a a 74 senior citizen with two forms of cancer that just had his second heart attack.

Following the sad Friday night incident, the rescue agencies went to work to move Mr. A and Lady to a different, and safer, location.

Falber shared:

Early on Saturday morning, Stubby's Heroes volunteers moved him. We left his bed, mattress, refrigerator and microwave, and took his clothing, Lady's things, and his wheelchair. With the donations sent to our chip in, we paid him up for the week at an extended stay hotel where Lady is welcome and where it's clean, safe and our volunteers have been visiting him.

He's overwhelmed with joy and told me that he finally feels human.

Things will continue to improve, thanks to the generosity of compassionate individuals. Mr. A and his best friend will be moving into a home and renting a room from a new landlady who is accepting of Lady and her "breed."

Volunteers with Stubby's Heroes have worked to reinstate Mr. A's food stamps and thanks to donations, he will be receiving help with his rent, new clothing, some furniture and possibly, help to get Lady certified as a service dog.

After Mr. A and his friend are settled, he will begin chemotherapy.

Click here to read more about fundraising efforts and Mr. A's efforts to help another man in need.

Prior story here.

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