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Please help my homeless dog....

I am overwhelmed by the amount of panhandler people I see out and about in town, holding signs on street corners, in front of stores, at gas stations, along with their trusty sad, homeless hungry dog. Does this bother any of you? I'm not a big bleeding heart for pan handlers in general, because just like those people, I too would LOVE to just have strangers hand me money, however, unlike them, I would use it for race entries or to take my family on trips, not cigs and beer and wine and whiskey.

I'm kidding, I would never stand on the street corner with a sign lol. Anyway, I have found myself really feeling bad for the dogs - and not the people! Is this inappropriate? After it, it's not the DOG'S fault his or her owner is homeless or has no food, is it? It's not the DOG'S fault his or her owner has chosen to beg for money rather than look for a traditional job, or go to a food bank, is it? I wonder, do food banks get any donations of dog or cat food, or do they use any funds they receive to purchase food for homeless pets?

This makes me feel a bit like I feel when I see people out with their babies, and the baby is wearing a onesie or tshirt that proclaims the parents' stand toward a particular religious or political thing. Way to use your dog or child to further your agenda. Nope, I don't like it =( Poor innocent dog!

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k2705 wrote on January 17, 2015, 3:46 PM

I have to agree with you I always feel sorry for the animal, there was a man where I live begging and he had a dog with him, I felt so sorry for the poor dog.

Louemham wrote on January 17, 2015, 3:59 PM

I always feel more for animals than I do for humans, I think it's because animals don't have voices so can't speak their mind. I always cry when animals are hurt, it's shocking

MelissaE wrote on January 17, 2015, 4:17 PM

I always feel more pity for the dog because I always suspect that the panhandler is an addict or mentally unstable and unable to truly take care of the pet.

kat123456 wrote on January 17, 2015, 4:46 PM

I totally agree with you here. There are a few in our town who beg with dogs, those dogs must have terrible lives

ElfenLied21 wrote on January 17, 2015, 5:05 PM

It does make me feel bad for the dog. I think if they truly care for the dogs, they would find them a home to where they could be care for and fed. I may sound a bit harsh but loving your pet is not enough if you don't have the means to take care of it. It goes for the same with children too although finding them a good home can be more difficult if you don't have family or friends willing.

bestwriter wrote on January 17, 2015, 7:35 PM

Animals are helpless. They need help and I hope this problem will soon be sorted out.

peachpurple wrote on January 18, 2015, 2:56 AM

poor doggie, how could the owner make use of the dog to beg

JenniferMiller. wrote on January 18, 2015, 12:49 PM

I'm like you. I hate to see a dog without a home. I have taken in strays, usually cats though, plenty of times and they always seem grateful for a place to call home. Though, it isn't really the owner's fault either. Sometimes, they just fall on hard times.

iRun wrote on January 20, 2015, 6:26 PM

Part of my problem comes from the fact that I have dogs. If I had almost nothing, I would share with my dogs. When you take in or adopt a dog, it's like having a kid, that's now your responsibility. You can't just quit your responsibility because you suddenly have less than you did when you first got them, right?

iRun wrote on January 20, 2015, 6:28 PM

They also have nothing else to do than depend on you. My dogs are spoiled lol. They would truly depend on the kindness of others if some tragedy happened and we were evacuated or we got separated from them.

iRun wrote on January 20, 2015, 6:29 PM

Sometimes that may be all the family the dog has though.... so I suppose it's almost comforting that they keep the dog and don't just drop it somewhere in the desert, but if they are begging for food because they don't have anything, what are they going to give the dog?

iRun wrote on January 20, 2015, 6:31 PM

Sometimes I wonder why they don't try to find a home for the dog. There are many dog lovers and I even know people who shelter and foster dogs out of their own homes. One of my daughter's previous teachers fosters dogs... a lot of them. She can't keep every single dog, but she is able to care for abandoned or hurt animals and find homes for them so they don't have to get picked up by the shelter or get run over or starve to death.

iRun wrote on January 20, 2015, 6:34 PM

See, I have the same attitude with pets as I do with children. People really should consider many things before having kids or pets. If you are not stable physically, financially, mentally, maybe you shouldn't have kids, or pets. If you are okay with one, that doesn't mean you are okay with six either. People don't think before getting into things, and then they are stuck after the fact. One more thing - there are ALWAYS resources available but sometimes you have to dig for them, you have to look around and ask questions. A lot of times, people are not willing to find information about what is out there.

ElfenLied21 wrote on January 20, 2015, 11:18 PM

I agree that people tend to get lazy and not find information. I cannot stand hearing the excuse "I didn't know how to help my dog or my child. No one told me what to do." As you said, people have to dig but help is there is people are willing to find it. The answer isn't just going to magically spill out from someone's mouth one day. Life isn't that easy.

AliCanary wrote on January 21, 2015, 10:48 AM

The pushover side of me is more likely to give to a person with a dog. The cynical side of me thinks that panhandlers are well aware of this, and those dogs might even be borrowed or stolen for the purpose.

AliCanary wrote on January 21, 2015, 10:50 AM

But if the homeless person keeps his dog, he isn't quitting his responsibility. He's sticking by the dog, no matter the circumstances.

Firecracker wrote on April 18, 2015, 5:35 PM

I always feel bad for the dogs, but I don't trust their owners who do this. After all, you just never know where the money will really go. *doh* *sad*

LeaPea2417 wrote on December 20, 2015, 12:03 AM

It is bad when people don't care for their pets and the pets end up with no one to care for them. I pray all of the pets get homes.