It was an early Saturday morning and officer Kareem Garibaldi from Florida’s Lakeland Police Department was on his shift when he bumped into a stray pit-bull-boxer mix puppy. The 8 to 10 week old pup had no collar or dog tag, so Garibaldi decided to take matters into his own hands.


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Garibaldi fed the puppy and took her home. The next day, unable to find her owners, at the end of his 12-hour-shift he brought the puppy to the SPCA Animal Medical Center to be checked.

“It was an incredible touching moment when I walked in and saw the officer and the puppy sleeping,” Connie Johnson, the shelter’s safety net manager, told Bored Panda. “It was apparent they were both totally exhausted. He was trying so hard to stay awake but since he came in as a walk in, there were several patients ahead of him. The puppy… was just as tired as he was. It was apparent that she felt secure and safe though. “

After a 3-hour-check up, only some mites were found, so Garibaldi brought the puppy back to the police station and the most amazing thing happened. A dispatcher fell in love with the puppy and adopted her the same day! The puppy was named Hope.

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After A 12-hour-shift, officer Garibaldi brought this stray puppy he found for a check up

“The puppy was just as tired as he was. It was apparent that she felt secure and safe though”

“He was trying so hard to stay awake but since he came in as a walk in, there were several patients ahead of him”

The puppy was healthy and was adopted by a police dispatcher! Her name is Hope

Thank you, Connie Johnson, for talking to Bored Panda about this wonderful story!