Matt and Joey felt hopelessly alone when they were released from prison. Neither man had any friends or family to speak of, making their adjustment to life on the outside significantly tougher than they anticipated.

To compensate for their lack of loved ones, both men went to their local animal shelters and adopted dogs. Their new canine friends helped boost their self-esteem and ease their reintegration into society, taking a trying time and turning it into something lovely. Watch their incredible journey in the video below.

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It was incredibly emotional just watching how much the dogs ended up helping these men. In the end, the impact of adopting a pet is immeasurable. You are truly getting a friend for life.