He knew that he needed to save Hickory, so he called Animal Care Centers of NYC and said that he was coming to rescue him. The only issue was that Hickory was over 2,800 miles away, literally across the country. Something was pushing Mario to adopt Hickory, so he asked his boss for a delivery route to New York.
As he traveled the open road, he prayed that the shelter would continue to hold the dog until he arrived. He called multiple times to be sure that Hickory was safe. He told them, “Here’s my card. I don’t know how much you need or whatever. Listen- do not put him down.”