Adopting Homeless Pets

The first and most important thing to understand is that stray dogs are not to blame for anything. When we buy a pet just for its breed and we do not commit to taking care of it, we are part of this problem that is getting bigger and bigger.

There are more than 10 million street dogs in Mexico and approximately 120,000 are slaughtered each month by the anti-rabies.

Adoption

Adopting a dog or a cat is the noblest form of love I know. Many times you think that you change the life of a pet when you adopt it, but it is really the other way around, they change your life to you.

Why is it better to adopt?

  • Big dogs will give you less work and more love than a puppy
  • An adopted dog or cat is priceless
  • Pet stores are puppy mills. Dogs that breed in these places often have genetic defects and health problems since they are sometimes mated between family members

Voluntary

If you do not have space to adopt, but you want to help in some way, you can post cases of dogs and cats lost in social networks and follow up on the comments; give awareness talks in schools, universities, companies or your colony.
Sponsor a pet

This means covering your expenses partially or totally. When the animal is healthy, its only expenses will be vaccination, deworming and sterilization.

When the dog or cat needs medical attention, the expenses will depend on how serious the animal is and what it needs.

Walks

This activity does not take away too much time. For you, it may simply be a walk, but for them, it is a very pleasant experience since they feel loved. I’ve had to meet several dogs and they really inject you with vitality.

Temporary Home

A temporary home is a space that you can offer a pet while you find a family that can have it forever. The most important thing to be a temporary home is that you have a safe space so that it does not escape and is comfortable and happy.

Homeless People With Dogs

The vast majority of people who see a homeless person think nothing of it. Between the two options – ignoring or acknowledging – the former is easier, and people will not bother to do anything. It’s not that people are bad, but if we have contact with them, or we start a conversation, then we will have to admit that they exist and that we have a human need to worry about them. But it is  so much easier to just close our eyes to their existence.

homeless dogHowever, when a homeless person has a dog everything changes. In one shot they warrant a second look, because there is a dog, a cat, or another pet that suffers too. Many blame these people for not caring for their dog properly. The question of the day becomes: If they cant care for themselves, how can they care for an animal?

Having accurate statistics on the number of homeless is impossible because of the fluctuating nature of this situation, but it is estimated that 5-10% of these people have dogs or other pets.

The answer why they have them is quite clear, as anyone with a four-legged family member knows: They offer companionship, comfort and loyalty. They also offer warmth and protection, and for many of these people, they may be the only reason to continue living.

One of the main concerns obviously is that the dogs don’t have a proper crate to sleep in.  Sure maybe a homeless person can’t afford a crate like the impact collapsible (a premium crate) but they can surely get a cheaper model.  Read the impact case collapsible dog crate review here.  We think that they should at least keep their dog muzzled or tied up so that they can’t get away and into traffic where they will get hurt.

The good thing is that the same thing that makes us human also gives us the deep capacity to sympathize and understand with the situation, and that’s exactly what charities and other non profits help with. If we begin to consider that dogs give these people as much love and happiness as they give us, then we are already on our way to understanding.