(Closed) Do you think homeless people should have dogs/pets?

posted 4 years ago in Pets
Post # 61
9056 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

naturalflight:  That would be really great. Unfortunately most shelters have a lock-in policy so housing pets that may need to go out just won’t work. It would be great if we didn’t have to lock the doors but unfortunately there are people who prey on the homeless, drug dealers for example. Most shelters have an early evening (say 5pm) in time in order to get people off the streets before dusk as that is statistically when more drug offences (selling etc) happens. 

Also the city location of most shelters means no yards. It sucks and I do wish there was a way to accommodate people with pets but with the extreme lack of funding it is hard to make it a reality.

Unfortunately it is the same in most domestic violence shelters. 

Post # 62
329 posts
Helper bee

j_jaye: Oh yeah, I totally understand that there are barriers. I just feel that if we were to go around snatching dogs from the homeless, then that in itself would require funding. There would need to be enforcement and the dogs will have to go somewhere. 

If we’re going to dedicate funding for that, then why not spend it instead on finding solutions for the homeless to keep their dogs while getting them off the streets? I remember watching The Dog Whisperer once and there was a homeless woman who was being moved from living under the bridge to a group home. She was able to keep her dog on the condition that the dog can co-exist with the other occupants who may also have dogs.

Not that one episode of The Dog Whisperer makes me an expert or anything like that. I just don’t like the idea of taking something away from a group of people that barely have anything to begin with. If people are so worried about the dog, then take care of the human being who cares for the dog. You take care of the human, you’ll take care of the dog.

Post # 63
472 posts
Helper bee

Being homeless has got to be incredibly lonely. 

Post # 64
9056 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

naturalflight:  I agree in a perfect world that would be a great solution. But just look at the negative responses on this thread to guage how the public feels about homelessness in general. Public money is barely spent to find them housing, imagine the outcry if we started using public money to house the homeless and their pets. 

Personally I would pay an extra 1% tax to do that but most wouldn’t. But then I am biased because I like animals more than the majority of humans I meet. 

Post # 65
543 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Maui

breatheandrelax:  It sucks you got bitten, but reading your post I didn’t really think that homeless people having dogs is the problem. Homelessness is the real problem. More should be done to help the homeless, and in turn it will help their pets.

Post # 66
1832 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I find it amusing that homeless people should be able to keep their dogs, but if someone comes on these boards asking for advice or help and they say “I don’t have the funds right now to fix them”, then they get run off like a leper. Ag least one or two people will be waving their pitchforks and shouting “WELL IF YOU CANT AFFORD PROPER CARE OF AN ANIMAL YOU SHOULDN’T OWN ONE!!” And that’s for animals that need $1000 trainers or an expensive surgery

Post # 67
303 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Unless the dog is showing obvious Signs of neglect, I don’t think its your business. 

I recently spent time in a third world country. There were stray dogs everywhere collapsing from starvation and dehydration, infested with fleas and worms. So sick and so pathetic it ripped your heart apart.

And then one day I see a truck crammed with people (we counted 16 in the bed of the truck) and a dog. Obviously the dog of this little boy in the back of the truck. The boy was nothing but bones. Extremely malnourished. As I watched him pet his dog, I also watched as this poor child pulled his sand which apart (likely in that area his only meal for a couple days) and give his dog 3/4 of his sand which while he ate just a small piece. When I looked back at the dog I realized just how much better he looked then his owner. Thin yes, bones with the sagging eyes like his owner, no.

Often times the homeless treat their pets better than themselves. I’ve witnessed this multiple times.

Its not our place to judge or control others lives. If their dogs look healthy enough, leave them alone. That’d the only comfort some of them have. 

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