Abramson and Rodriguez read the story of the dog who lived in the empty house - and realized he was practically in the neighborhood.
"You see a lot of stories about dogs and places that I can't get to - the West Coast or South America or in different countries," Abramson explains. "And then I looked and said, 'Holy crap. This dog's in White Plains. I mean this dog is like 20 minutes from where I live.' "Sometimes, you've got to pick up the phone."
On Sunday, Heart picked up Ham from his empty house for the last time.
He arrived at his new home outside of Manhattan - nine sprawling acres that are home to a kaleidoscope of animals.
"We got there and they had everything," Heart recalls to The Dodo. "Pigs, chickens, tortoise, rabbits, cats, parrots. I thought there is no sensory deprivation here. This is overload."
All the animals shared one thing in common: They had been rescued.
And Ham insisted on meeting every one of them.
There was the horse, who mystified Ham.