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12-30-2013 11:55 AM
Msmaria Yes. I know its harder for them to feed their dog, but most of these dogs are from the street anyway. And I have seen so many homeless truly love their dogs. Being from the Los Angeles area there are many homeless with dogs. There are many shelters or food banks that you can donate your unused/full bags/cans of dog food or just donate that help homeless people receive food for themselves and their dogs.
12-28-2013 03:58 PM
fredh Dogs owned by homeless people spend all day with their owners and aren't chained to a post! There is nothing wrong with that!
12-28-2013 03:58 PM
misslesleedavis1
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There's a homeless guy who sleeps on one of the big bridges in my home town. He's pretty famous because he has a rabbit that is always tucked up in his jacket.

At the start of the year some yobs snatched the rabbit from him and tossed it over the bridge. The homeless guy immediately jumped into the water and saved his rabbit while nearly drowning himself.

He and the bunny were eventually lifted from the water and when asked why he risked his life he replied "I had to save my best friend".

I don't think homeless people should be denied the love and companionship a pet can bring as long as they are able to provide for it.


OMG some people make me sick and angry.
12-28-2013 03:55 PM
Hercules I was homeless for two and a half months from mid september to the day before thanksgiving. My wife, our two dogs, and my disabled butt were sleeping in my car during that period. I took the better care for them that I did myself (I was eating and drinking once a day/every other day so they, and my wife, would have plenty of food and water). I was REALLY depressed too and their company kept me from becoming suicidal again. As long as their needs are met, I am VERY pro homeless people owning dogs.
12-11-2012 02:56 PM
DharmasMom
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Originally Posted by catz View Post
There's a homeless guy who sleeps on one of the big bridges in my home town. He's pretty famous because he has a rabbit that is always tucked up in his jacket.

At the start of the year some yobs snatched the rabbit from him and tossed it over the bridge. The homeless guy immediately jumped into the water and saved his rabbit while nearly drowning himself.

He and the bunny were eventually lifted from the water and when asked why he risked his life he replied "I had to save my best friend".

I don't think homeless people should be denied the love and companionship a pet can bring as long as they are able to provide for it.
OMG! Why would people do that to him and that poor animal? I am glad both were saved in the end but that just once again shows that so many humans just don't deserve to be called human.

Poor man, I am soooo glad he and Thumper are alright.
12-11-2012 02:53 PM
Ageizm Tough topic. I can't see why not, the dogs alternate option would probably be getting put down in a shelter. So i'm sure the dog would choose the being with a homeless handler as opposed to being put down in a shelter.

I saw the pics posted a page or 2 back in the thread...I've never seen a more content looking Lab snuggled up with his owner. Huge smile on it's sleeping face.
12-11-2012 01:46 PM
GrammaD The dogs I see with homeless owners in my area are far better cared for than the dogs I see on my travels through the rural areas of Kentucky
12-11-2012 01:38 PM
catz There's a homeless guy who sleeps on one of the big bridges in my home town. He's pretty famous because he has a rabbit that is always tucked up in his jacket.

At the start of the year some yobs snatched the rabbit from him and tossed it over the bridge. The homeless guy immediately jumped into the water and saved his rabbit while nearly drowning himself.

He and the bunny were eventually lifted from the water and when asked why he risked his life he replied "I had to save my best friend".

I don't think homeless people should be denied the love and companionship a pet can bring as long as they are able to provide for it.
12-11-2012 09:13 AM
blackshep This is a tough question!

I really don't know if there's a right or a wrong answer. What if a homeless person finds a stray that they befriend and they provide some much needed companionship for one another? I think both would be better off in that instance.

But then again, if they can't afford to feed it or care for it (a flea infestation for example), I'm just not sure.

I guess I'd have to give the benefit of the doubt to the person, and say that it's ok with me. There was one picture of a homeless man and his dog that was just heartbreakingly beautiful. Sorry if someone posted it already, I haven't read the entire thread.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_H914Tf5HS5...smananddog.jpg
12-08-2012 04:00 AM
DharmasMom
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Originally Posted by Castlemaid View Post
The problem here is that some people aren't really discussing the well-being of the dogs, they are stereotyping a section of the population and judging them all in the same way. Granted, the question wasn't even about dogs to start with, but about homeless people and their rights, or what rights greater society arrogantly thinks they should grant the homeless.

I wonder if the question was asked differently, in a way that did not imply that greater society had the moral right to take away the free choice of people they did not approve of, if the answers would be different?
Are dogs owned by homeless people being neglected and their needs going un-met?
Which needs to you mean? And what about the person's needs, are they being met. I would say, for the dog, that the need for the most basic things ARE being met. The homeless person usually manages to find a way to feed them, whether through begging, sharing what little they have or shelters that help with pet food for the homeless. They are safe. Safe in that they are not in a shelter, unwanted and waiting to die after a few days on a cold table alone and afraid. And they have love in abundance. In many, many cases that dog is all the person has and that person is all that dog has. They spend many more hours together than we spend with our dogs.

Sure they may not be getting regular vet care as in heart worm preventatives or yearly check ups. I know that a lot of places with at least give rabies shots to the dogs of the homeless and that is about it. It is still better than a cold shelter where they have no chance of adoption and they will just be euthanized for space in a couple of days. And you never know, some of these people may not be homeless forever. They may be able to get off the streets (esp the younger ones) and when they do their dogs will have a better life as well.
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