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.
However, 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.