Sitting at the back of a Randolph parking lot is Rebecca Lewis' car, filled with most of her belongings, clothing, food and blankets. Lewis has been homeless since July after she lost her job and couldn't pay rent.
"I've been putting applications all around town," she said.
So, she did what she had to do and moved into her car with the two things that make her the happiest-- her dog, Mickey, and cat, Otis.
Reporter Gina Bullard: Why not bring them to a shelter?
Rebecca Lewis: No, no, because I won't be able to go and see them.
With temperatures dropping and the snow starting to fly, Lewis and Mickey began staying with a friend. The cat, Otis, had to remain where the car was parked. Lewis returned to feed it daily. But that's not an option anymore. Lewis is back to staying in her car and is hoping someone can foster Mickey and Otis for the winter. Her car doesn't start, which means there's no heat for her or the animals.
"Mickey is where I feel bad. He's a little dog, will follow me anywhere. He doesn't understand the situation and he's shivering on my back right now, I can feel him," Lewis said.
"At first we weren't sure who this was or what this was," said Sandy Vondrasek of the Herald newspaper.
The parking lot happens to be behind the Herald newspaper. Lewis' story caught the staff's interest. Her plea for help was in Tuesday's paper.
"It's the kind of story a paper does; it's the people around us," Vondrasek said.
"If your car is unregistered, uninsured, uninspected, then it can be towed," said Ofc. Loretta Stalnaker of the Randolph Police.
Lewis' car is registered. But the Randolph police are keeping an eye on her. They had her move her car to this parking lot because there's better lighting. She's not breaking any laws.
And right now, the shelter in town is full. And they don't take pets. They are her closest companions since her husband passed away. She still keeps his ashes.
"Since my husband died six years ago, this one has been my pal. He sleeps with me, hangs out with me, understands everything I say," Lewis said.
She really hopes a foster family will take the animals and give them back when she's back on her feet.
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