Stories like this make me wonder more about myself than about this particular program.
If I'm really honest, I would admit that I care about my own dogs far more than I care about some of my fellow humans. I think I'm not alone in holding this perspective.
I'll take it further and say that there are some people such that I care more about their dogs than I do about them. Does that make me misanthropic?
Paying it forward is the best investment.