Homeless people would rather sleep on the street with their pets than go into a shelter without them.
As you walk through the city, you might pass someone who is living on the street and notice that they have a pet with them. And you wonder, “Why do they need a pet? How do they even care for them?” Here are some facts about homeless people and their pets.
Why do homeless people have pets?
People who experience homelessness are often disconnected from family and friends. Having a pet to provide companionship, protection, and love can make all the difference to someone who is in crisis and has nowhere else to turn.
Can homeless people take care of their pets?
Homeless pet owners love their furry companions and will always find ways to provide for them. They are no different than people who are housed — they take good care of their pets, show them affection, and treat them as family.
What are the challenges for homeless pet owners?
Having a pet is often a barrier for people needing to find shelter or housing. In many cases, people are forced to choose between a roof over their head or staying on the street with their pet. Most choose the latter.
Supporting People with Pets
Fred Victor, a leading homelessness charity in Toronto, opened the first pet-friendly shelter in Canada 12 years ago. They recognized the life-saving bond between people and animals, and have seen many people come through their doors buoyed in their journey out of homelessness by the love of a pet.
Your donation to Fred Victor helps keep people and their pets together. Learn more at www.fredvictor.org
Fred Victor is an organization committed to improving the health, income and housing stability of people experiencing poverty and homelessness.