As many as 10 percent of homeless individuals are also pet parents. Before passing judgment, you might want to stop and think about the devotion and love pets give to people who can really use it.
Mind you, it’s a two-way street. The vast majority of the homeless love their pets to the point of sacrificing their own health and safety. Most homeless pet parents do whatever it takes to care for their pets short of having to give them up.
That’s why some veterinary clinics do their part by volunteering time and supplies to care for pets on the street. They offer wellness exams as well as clinics for grooming, vaccinations, micro-chipping and deworming. Pet food is often distributed as well.
So, next time you see a homeless person with a pet, consider all the teamwork involved in keeping that bond intact.