These days we hear about more and more people leaving their pets behind as they leave their homes. Some people will find reasons to leave an animal behind; relocation, financial issues, divorce, more responsibility for an older animal….and the list goes on. For some, that is not an option. They will lose everything but they will never leave their beloved pet behind. The animal is the only thing that keeps them going in this crazy, unpredictable world. It is called unconditional love and it’s an emotional bond of loyalty. We all search for it when most of the time it is right in front of us, our pet. The tragic part is that these pets don’t choose their owners.
When we see a homeless person sitting on the street, the sight breaks our hearts. What is even more heartbreaking is to see them and their pets, trying to live day-to-day. Check out these photos of homeless people and their pets, and hopefully we will think more about the issues that around us every day, seen but not noticed.
It is estimated, by the National Coalition for the Homeless, that 3.5 million people are homeless. Between 5% to 10% of homeless people have dogs and/or cats. In some areas of the country the rate is as high as 24%. Most people who experience homelessness are homeless for a short period of time, and usually need help finding housing or a rent subsidy. Unfortunately for those with pets it becomes more difficult. Many are forced to choose between their pet or a roof over their head.