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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A 27-year-old who won $500 on a scratch-off lottery ticket, is giving all his winnings to the city shelter at Dallas Animal Services.

Bryce Vucekovich surprised shelter workers on Saturday, when he arrived with a pickup truck loaded down in food, litter and other necessities for the dogs and cats living there.

“I always kind of told myself, I always want to give to them if I ever come across extra money,” he said.

Vucekovich, who lives in The Colony, says he was inspired to give to the Dallas shelter because he found his own shelter dog, a three-legged mix named Fred, there last Christmas.

“I don’t think anybody wants to adopt a three-legged dog, but I made a bee-line for him,” says Vucekovich, who also owns a one-eyed dog. “That’s my goal in life is to have a bunch of adopted rescue dogs.”

With more than 600 dogs and cats waiting to be adopted or fostered, the shelter is always in need of donations, says manager Teresa Cleek.

She says Vucekovich’s donation is heart-warming, especially in this season of giving.

Vucekovich says he never considered keeping his winnings – he always told himself if he ever had extra money on hand, he’s pay it forward to the shelter.

“Just the mass amount of animals they have there, it can’t be easy to manage all them,” says Vucekovich.

It’s a blessing to say the least, for the shelter, which stays at capacity most of the year.

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