Man with terminal cancer has a week to live, needs help finding homes for his 11 rescue dogs

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas (KSAT/CNN) -

A Texas man with terminal cancer has one final wish -- to find loving families who will take care of his 11 rescue dogs. 

Richard Ewers, 71, has provided a safe home for dozens of stray dogs over the past two years. After learning about his battle with cancer, several people in Ewers' San Antonio community stepped in to help.

Volunteers and donors helped vaccinate, spay and neuter the dogs, as well as repair Ewers' backyard fence.

One of those volunteers said Ewers is now in hospice care and only has a week to live. She said finding a new home for his dogs is crucial. 

“They can't be here much longer,” said Mary Oyler, with Save Our Strays San Antonio.

Since Ewers was put into hospice, Oyler and other volunteers have visited his home every day to feed the dogs and spend time with them.

“We are very sad by this, of course, and we want to make that last wish come true for him,” Oyler said.

Oyler said she is hoping the 11 dogs can be adopted to avoid having them get picked up by the county.

“It would add a lot more stress to what they are going through already,” Oyler said. “Not having Mr. Richard here, there's confusion, loneliness. There's depression.”

She said whoever adopts or fosters the dogs will need to be patient.

“There's a lot of work involved,” Oyler said. “All they've ever known is Mr. Richard, so it's going to require a family that has a lot of patience.”

Anyone interested in adopting or fostering the dogs can visit a Facebook page titled Helping Mr. Richard and his dogs.

All of the dogs have been spayed or neutered, but they will need to be taken to a veterinarian for a check of their conditions.