The Homeless, Travelers, and Their Pets

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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    Many of the young kids that hitchhike around the country have dogs.
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    The dogs are generally very well fed, far more so than the kids.
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    You see mostly mutts, particularly pit bull mixes.
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    The dogs are often very helpful when it comes to panhandling.
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    Generally the dogs are very friendly, relatively clean, and well behaved.
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    The dog sang too. Really.
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    It's also not unusual for some of the kids to have more than one dog.
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    Not sure where she got her hands on the "service" dog vest.
  • Cherokee 9 of 10
    Cherokee here lives in Philly with a well-known local homeless man. Cherokee is a very sweet pit mix.
  • Scraps 10 of 10
    Scraps the dog here sadly passed away not long after this photo was taken. His owner was devastated.


Article Posted 5 years Ago

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