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View Poll Results: Should Homeless People Be Allowed To Have Dogs?
Yes-As Long As Their Needs Are Met 85 81.73%
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Old 11-10-2012, 02:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Do You Think Homeless People Should Be Allowed To Have Dogs?

Do you think homeless individuals with dogs should have them taken away if the dogs are still being provided for? Most of the homeless individuals I have seen with dogs always put them first when it comes to food and usually the dogs are more well behaved than a lot of housedogs. I know there are some food banks and rescues who will provide dog food for the homeless and sometimes free vet care is also available.
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Old 11-10-2012, 03:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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There's too many factors that go into this for me to answer with certainty.
(kids, homeless shelters, etc.)

As a general rule, though, if they are able to provide for the pet, they should keep it.
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Old 11-10-2012, 03:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
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This is a hard question, but I'm leaning toward yes. As long as the dog is taken care of. I think that sometimes the pets are the only friends they have
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Old 11-10-2012, 03:41 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Events | Pets of the Homeless

BTW...a story that stayed with me had to do with the homeless and their pets in Spokane, WA...it's been quite a few years now but I remember to this day, the statement that "dogs live in the moment, they do not miss what they don't have", and that's so true.
All they know is today, and that they are with their person today.

Pets that belong to Hollywood stars or living in mansions are no better off than the dogs living with these homeless people...my dogs don't know they don't live in a 3k square foot home...they know they have us and we love them and that's all that matters...
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All I can say is that if I became homeless, I sure wouldn't want someone to come and take my dogs away if I was still able to meet their needs.
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Old 11-10-2012, 03:58 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The dogs that I've met, owned by homeless people, are usually well behaved. I guess from being out and about all the time & getting lots of socialisation.
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Pets that belong to Hollywood stars or living in mansions are no better off than the dogs living with these homeless people...my dogs don't know they don't live in a 3k square foot home...they know they have us and we love them and that's all that matters...
Actually, they are probably worse off.
Those dogs that are put into purses and carried around like an evening clutch in front of swarms of paparazzi -- what kind of life is that for a dog?
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Old 11-10-2012, 04:13 PM   #8 (permalink)
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"allowed" I really dislike this word. And if they aren't "allowed" how would anyone stop them?

Personally, yes. I have no issue with it. The dogs they have are most likely from the streets anyways and these ppl are caring for them.

I didn't vote though because I don't believe there should be a condition on it. It's just Yes.
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Old 11-10-2012, 05:04 PM   #9 (permalink)
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(posting as a member here - not in an 'official capacity )

I really don't think it is up to me to decide who is allowed or not allowed to own a dog.

And I don't like the inherent judgmental connotation of questions like these.
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Old 11-10-2012, 05:17 PM   #10 (permalink)
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This issue was brought up on our local news.It was a small segment and they actually used the word 'allowed'. There's a new development on the lake with multi million dollar homes and there have been a few complaints from those residents to animal control about the 'nuisance situation'. There have been no problems with particular animals, it's more of an image thing. They like looking at some of these men/women walking down the main highway with their dogs when they come out of their gated community and expected AC to just up and take the dogs,even though they aren't bothering them.
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