Man Decides To Quit His Job For The Most Unusual Reason

Just about everybody likes dogs, but it takes a really special type of person to devote their entire life to our four-legged friends. Even one pup takes quite a bit of work, plus there’s always more canines out there in need of love and assistance.

But these realities don’t mean that this vocation isn’t worthwhile. In 2018, one California man was fed up with his lot in life and dreamed about chasing his passion for animals. Of course, nobody expected him to take such bold steps to shake things up.

Lee Asher loved dogs for as long as he could remember. His passion wasn’t just limited to his own pets either. During his teenage years, he spent much of his time volunteering at animal shelters.

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Flash forward to adulthood, and Lee found himself stuck in a bit of a rut. He had a successful background in corporate sales, but he wasn’t really enjoying it. In fact, he felt his job was soul-sucking.

Of course, he could leave all that office nonsense behind him the minute he returned home. A warm greeting from his dogs, and a game of backyard fetch, would do more than just relieve stress; it made Lee feel like his true self.

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As a matter of fact, Lee had been fostering dogs ever since his college days. He sometimes wondered if he could make this more than a side project. But at the same time, the rest of his household had some strong opinions on canines as well.

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Fortunately, Lee’s partner Luke, who lived with him in South Lake Tahoe, shared his affinity for pooches. It was a good thing too, seeing as Lee had a tendency to go a little bit…overboard when it came to lending a helping hand to pups in need.

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Lee got the ultimate rush from walking into an animal shelter and leaving with a new member of the family. He knew no other feeling could compare because he’d adopted more than once. More than twice, even.

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By 2018, Lee had brought nine dogs into his and Luke’s home! It was a lot for the two guys to handle, but they juggled all their responsibilities with aplomb. Still, Lee wondered if he could go a step further.

Bringing needy dogs back from the brink seemed like his purpose in life. After talking over different possibilities with Luke, Lee decided that he might as well take the plunge. You only live once, after all.

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Without warning, Lee strode into the office that next day and announced that he was quitting — not just the job, but the entire 9 to 5 lifestyle. Those dog days were over, but Lee’s literal dog days had just begun.

From that moment on, Lee transformed their home into the Asher House, an organization dedicated to taking in abandoned animals and finding them new homes. Soon, he and Luke had way more than nine pooches to worry about.

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Lee and Luke were doing a lot of good, rescuing a ton of deserving pooches from their area of California. But to really make a difference, they’d have to figure out a way to cover more ground. Soon, the guys came up with a plan.

They set aside some money to purchase an RV, which they then slathered in a fresh coat of paint. Thus, the Asher House RV was born. Luke and Lee could now pursue their mission all over the country.

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With their slick new set of wheels, the dog lovers stopped by shelters and humane societies across the United States. Besides raising awareness about rescue dogs, they were doing quite a bit of rescuing themselves.

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Tragically, Lee knew that countless dogs were locked in cages, and some would never get out. But he and Luke took in as many as they could, welcoming them with just as much warmth as they did with their own pups.

In most cases, these pooches showed how much they had to offer the minute they left their cages behind. Loving families filtered through the RV and found a forever friend to adopt.

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For Lee, it got a bit overwhelming at times to be in charge of so many animals at once, but he never missed the office grind for a second. “I’m very grateful to have a home filled with so much love and dog fur,” he joked.

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For Lee, this job was the best gift he could possibly ask for. “The inspiration just comes from loving dogs and knowing that you’re not only saving a life,” he explained, but also “allowing the space for other rescues to get adopted too.”

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By the end of the year, Lee and Luke’s travels resulted in over 200 dogs finding new homes. Their hard work clearly paid off, and they made some fans along the way – some rather famous ones, actually.

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Ellen DeGeneres was touched by this bold mission, so she invited Lee and Luke to tell their story on her show. At the end of the episode, Ellen unveiled a huge surprise for these heroes: a $10,000 check!

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With more momentum than ever, Lee will only ramp up his efforts to help dogs in need. Crazy as it might sound, he looks forward to a future where every pet has a place to call home. The dream’s not so far-fetched; after all, people around the planet are undertaking missions just like his.

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On the island of Crete, for instance, Theoklitos Proestakis, known to the locals as Takis, developed a good reputation with the islands’ dogs shortly after a disaster struck the region.

The Greek man practiced dentistry in the picturesque town of Ierapetra, and neither he nor his neighbors ever thought they could ask for more. But by 2009, their dream lifestyles began to crumble.

The global financial crisis hit Greece extremely hard, and the following years saw the country’s debt and unemployment skyrocket. As some households lost everything, riots and protests broke out on the streets.

All over the isle of Crete, families made heartbreaking decisions to save money, particularly when it came to their pets. Some people abandoned their animals out in the wilderness. Others did much worse.

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The aftermath nearly broke Takis. A lifelong canine lover, he couldn’t believe it when he drove past a local landfill. Countless dogs had made it their home, and they were fighting over scraps to survive.

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Unable to bear the sight of these poor animals suffering, the dentist gave them some relief. He snuck through the fence and poured a bag of dog food in a clearing. As the dogs scarfed it up, Takis noticed many of them were in dire need of medical attention.

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For the weakest pooches, Takis called in some favors from doctor friends to nurse them back to health. Still, he knew this was a short-term solution. If these dogs stayed out in the open, most of them would die.

Fortunately, an open stretch of land on the outskirts of Ierapetra presented a solution. Takis figured that it could function as a temporary sanctuary for the abandoned dogs. At the very least, it would be better than living in the dump.

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In 2012, the Cretan began moving the neglected pooches to the site, which he dubbed the Takis Shelter. He hoped the dogs could hole up there until they found permanent homes, though the situation immediately proved more complicated than he imagined.

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Some neighbors complained about the noise from the dogs, and a few hotheads even threatened violence. Nevertheless, Takis blocked out their insults and warnings. He had enough to deal with inside his own organization.

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As more dogs entered the shelter, his costs spiraled out of control. For one thing, he spent nearly $2,000 per month just feeding all the pooches. But some had even more expensive needs.

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A number of the dogs weren’t spayed or neutered, so Takis paid for these operations out-of-pocket to keep his shelter population from spiraling out of control. Before long, he took extreme measures to keep everything from going under.

Takis essentially gave up his old life! He already left dentistry behind to care for Crete’s abandoned dogs, but soon enough, he also had to sell his home and his car just to pay the bills. There was almost nothing left for him.

From there on out, the Takis Shelter also became the home of its founder. He slept and took his meals right alongside the animals he was rescuing and feeding. Many people would’ve considered this rock bottom.

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But strangely enough, Takis felt more fulfilled than ever before. While there was no denying that his new life was hard, he knew he was really making a difference. And word about his mission started to get around too.

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As the population of the shelter approached 200, Takis felt increasingly overwhelmed, but he wouldn’t be alone for long. Both friends and strangers from Ierapetra began to show up at the gates. They wanted to lend a helping hand.

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Though not everyone had the time to volunteer, many more aided Takis’ efforts in their own ways. Crates of food and pet supplies, mostly from other countries, arrived on his doorstep. Suddenly, Takis had enough support to do more than just scrape by.

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As a matter of fact, Takis opened up a new branch of the shelter specifically for abandoned house cats. After all, dogs weren’t the only ones kicked out of their homes after the recession.

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In time, Takis Shelter finally began achieving its ultimate goal: finding permanent homes for their pets. Delighted visitors swarmed in to find a new family member and left with huge smiles on their faces.

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For Takis, it’s bittersweet to see his canine pals leave him, but he knows they’re off to a better place. He continues to pull unfortunate pups out of landfills and alleys every day, though now he’s sure he’s not just giving them shelter. He’s giving them hope.

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After all, there’s no sight more joyful that a new dog adoption. Have you ever been so excited you had to bite something? If not, then you’ve never been on the same happiness level of this golden doodle pup, who for went the lame-duck version of “got your nose” by literally getting his new owner’s schnoz.

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She found this pup on the side of the road and was going to bring her to the local shelter, but then she saw her face, and, well… let’s just say she ended up bringing her back to her own house! Can you blame her?

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If you adopt a dog and she immediately poses for a selfie with you while grinning ear-to-ear, it’s safe to say you made a good choice! It’s nothing but clear skies for these two besties from here on out.

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As the classic club song once decreed, putting your hands in the air is strictly reserved for those who just don’t care. But don’t tell this pup that! She and her new family couldn’t have looked more excited about their future of friendship.

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If a picture is worth a thousand words, then all thousand words for this one would be some variation of awwww over and over. The look of total relaxation and comfort on this dog’s face says it all.

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A really memorable morning might include breakfast in bed, but a puppy wakeup call seems a whole lot better than a tray of toast, bacon, and coffee. All you need his one look at this cuddly doggo’s face for proof!

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What’s cuter than a puppy and his new owner gazing lovingly into one another’s eyes? You can tell they’re thinking of the next dozen or so years of friendship. That, or this doggo is hoping to borrow the keys to the car.

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A little sunshine and a hug from a new owner—what more could a dog want? Not a whole lot judging by the look on this girl’s face! Her gleeful expression would’ve looked perfectly in place in a shampoo ad.

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That’s a big smile for a little dog! Of course, Tata the pup couldn’t help herself after she’d finally been adopted and taken back to her forever home. And because of her happiness, her new owner couldn’t help but smile, too!

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Every year he asked for a puppy for Christmas, and every year, his wife declined. That’s another mouth to feed, after all. But one year, his Christmas wish was finally granted, and he couldn’t keep the shock off of his face!

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If adventurers ever found the legendary Fountain of Youth, chances are, it would be a 10-foot-deep pit full to the brim with puppies. Nothing energizes a person or makes them smile like a puppy, and this senior citizen who just met her new companion knows that better than anyone!

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There’s no doubt that being a police officer must be one of the most stressful jobs on the entire planet. Cops tend to have a tough exterior while on duty, but this officer couldn’t help but melt when he hugged his new puppy!

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When this woman adopted her new pooch, she couldn’t help but cradle him like her a newborn baby. Judging by the look on this dog’s face, he didn’t mind that at all! He was ready for a lifetime of love.

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As this Reddit user put it: “I went to adopt a dog and ended up with a bear.” He didn’t seem too upset about it! Now with a big doggo at his side, he’ll be able to tackle anything the future might hold.

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There’s a certain stigma that comes with adopting an older dog—they tend to have a variety of health issues—but this guy didn’t care when he picked out this pretty pooch. They posed for a quick picture outside the shelter, where she really nailed the adorable lolling tongue!

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It’s hard to tell the difference between a well-formed “Can we keep him?” face and an “I love this dog so much face,” but rest assured, this girl’s making both! You can tell there’s a lot of love in this pup’s future!

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Emotions can run wild when you meet a new pet for the first time, and perhaps there’s no greater proof than this guy’s reaction. When his significant other surprised him with a new dog, he broke down in tears.

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You bring your new dog home, and what’s the first thing you’re gonna do? Throw a backyard party with your new pooch, that’s what! Maybe if you’re lucky, the dog will even make the same face as you when you pose for a selfie.

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The woman in this photo suffered from depression. Life, to her, felt incredibly hopeless. When she finally felt she was on firm ground again, emotionally, she treated herself to a little puppy. This single snapshot captures the beauty of the moment she took him home.

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What’s the best cure for a grumpy dad who just wants to watch Netflix? Why, a puppy of course! (This is also the cure for everything, by the way.) The question is, who won this staring contest?

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They say there’s no medicine quite like a child’s laughter, but maybe children sleeping with their canine best friend for the next decade or so is a close pharmaceutical second. Rest now, fellas, ’cause there’s gonna be a whole lot of playing when you wake up!

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Oddly, this photo looks like a scene ripped right out of a Pixar movie… or a photo from a pamphlet on the joys of dog ownership. Either way, it’s hard not to want to give your own pooch a hug after getting a load of this kid!

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As one Reddit commenter pointed out, the camera may have been quick enough to catch this protruding puppy’s tongue, but it still couldn’t capture his fast-flicking tail! The picture practically bleeds enthusiasm.

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Their faces said it all: the little girl, overcome with glee at her new Christmas gift, perhaps thinking about a future of mischief with this new pup; the pup, that placid, tongue-lolling look, couldn’t make a better “I’m a puppy” face if he or she tried!

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