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The Homeless, Travelers, and Their Pets

By cecilyk |

Muffy, the most pampered homeless cat in Philly

You might be surprised to know that many people that are homeless are also pet owners. Not only that, but many are responsible pet owners, getting their pets standard medical care (such as spayed and neutered and vaccinations).

Unfortunately, most programs that help the homeless don’t accept pets. But in Los Angeles, Lori Weise decided to do something about homeless folks and their pets, setting up vet clinics for pets to get fixed while feeding their owners. A nice innovation I’d love to see here in Philly.

As it happens, there’s a photographer here in Philly taking shots (with permission) of homeless folks and travelers (kids that run away and travel around the country), including their pets. Since I happen to be married to him, he gave me permission to share his photos here.

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The Homeless, Travelers, and Their Pets

Many of the young kids that hitchhike around the country have dogs.



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5 thoughts on “The Homeless, Travelers, and Their Pets

  1. alexandra says:

    This is beautiful, really. If we want to humanize the realities of homelessness, this is an amazing place to start. I’m going to find out more about that program in LA. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Corrin says:

    There are lots of homeless with pets here in Austin and I’ve yet to see a pet that doesn’t look clean, healthy, and well taken care of. They’ll feed their pets before they feed themselves. I’d love to see more initiatives like this nation-wide.

  3. jimmy burt says:

    actually is human nature to share. their fellow human beings and animals. another world, a lot of movements, raising funds to help the homeless and so forth.

  4. Erica says:

    Interesting… I always feel bad for the pets I see with their homeless friends, but I never thought of it the way you described.

  5. Stacey says:

    Simply heartbreaking.

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