A Jersey Shore resident came to the rescue when 61-year-old Woodbridge resident Rich Mickey realized the heartbreaking truth that he would have to give up his 12-year-old dog named Jersey.

Mickey became homeless this past December and when he was put up in a motel that accepted pets by social services, he had 48 hours to find a home for his beloved dachshund.

One of Rich's first stops to ask for help was Dollar for Doxies, a nonprofit that helps dachshunds in need. Well this is how both Rich and his dog Jersey found Russell Cote and his mother, Evelyn Cote -- a match made in heaven.

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Russell, a Hazlet resident, a business owner and father of two and his mother Evelyn, a co-founder a dog rescue nonprofit called 3 Hearts 4 Paws, is the mother and son duo who immediately offered to foster Jersey until Rich got back on his feet and could care for his dog once again.

“As soon as I heard about it, my immediate answer was yes,” Cote said. “I’ve been fostering dogs for 10 years. It’s part of who we are.”

“These people are unbelievable,” Mickey said. “It was really emotional, giving up Jersey, but I knew he would be well taken care of.”

Job well done to Russell and Evelyn for giving a helping hand to our pups! And hopefully this story inspires others to step in and rescue when the time comes.

Take a look at the original article as well as other heartwarming rescue stories at APP.com.

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