Homeless pet owners face different ch...

Homeless pet owners face different challenges with pawed friends

There are 60 comments on the Eureka Times Standard story from Jan 28, 2008, titled Homeless pet owners face different challenges with pawed friends. In it, Eureka Times Standard reports that:

Man's best friend can keep you company and lend a sympathetic furry ear, but for the homeless population in Arcata, a dog can keep you from finding a place to sleep, or getting a meal.

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ferndalien

San Francisco, CA

#1 Jan 28, 2008
By definition homeless folks can't take care of themselves, now they get pet's. That's as insane as people on the government dole(money taken at gunpoint) having kids. Oh, right, that's OK as well.
Anonymous

United States

#2 Jan 28, 2008
better to have the strays with homeless than being put down by humboldt county animal shelter. Dog fights, or killed by vehicles.

I agree homeless have alot of problems and a dog will inhibit them, but the companionship and attention the dogs get is a small 'plus' in a already sad and sometimes hopeless situation.

I wont give homeless people money, but I do carry dog biscuits with me and I'll kick down a few to the dogs.
Thomas Paine Jr

United States

#3 Jan 28, 2008
Owning a pet should be a right. There should be no discrimination in housing for pets.
liberass newspaper

Santa Rosa, CA

#4 Jan 28, 2008
Having a dog is all fine and great... but being 25 years old and able bodied and unable to find work... that is pure ass laziness. That is the reason Julio and Juan and Manuel stand around plazas all over the USA waiting for some rich white guy to hire them for day labor
I love dogs

El Sobrante, CA

#5 Jan 28, 2008
"Some" homeless people can take good care of their pets...But I am pretty sure that dogs miss a warm and a dry place to sleep, and a healthy food to eat sometimes.
I am glad that this sunday the police rescued two dogs that used to live inside of an old van, with a homeless person here in Arcata. It was very torturing to hear the dogs cry during that morning, maybe because of the cold ( it was snowing). I hope they're on a safer place now.
Leon Harvey Slanderson

Crescent City, CA

#6 Jan 28, 2008
In all the years I've observed homeless people, they almost always end up with a dog that is either homeless like themselves, given to them by someone who can't keep it, or a lost, displaced animal. They tend not to purchase from dog breeders. I think that this fills a need for people to take care of the numerous amount of pets with no owners. Dogs can adapt to the nomadic lifestyle quite easily and most tend to enjoy being on the move. Homeless people must be reminded to keep their pets' shots up to date, as this can sometimes be an overlooked expense for them. Everybody needs good friends and pets can be the best ones to give hope and love to the homeless. Hopefully they can find homes for themselves as well as their pets. Landlords these days are way too concerned with carpets and pet damage to them. There are many types of flooring that can be easily mopped and not damaged by pets that are easier to maintain than carpet.
anon

United States

#7 Jan 28, 2008
This is assinine! If you're too lazy, too irresponsible, or too sick to get yourself a job and permanent shelter, you have no business owning a dog. Dogs require a lot of care and attention. If you can't afford to feed yourself, what makes you think you can feed a dog properly, and keep it's shots and flea treatments up to date? That is a public health issue. We do have a lot of rabies in this county and if you can't afford rabies shots for your dog, you shouldn't have the dog.
anon

Arcata, CA

#9 Jan 28, 2008
IF YOU CAN'T AFFORD YOURSELF YOU SHOULDN'T BE ABLE TO HAVE DOGS IN THE FIRST PLACE!!!!!!!!!!
I love dogs

El Sobrante, CA

#10 Jan 28, 2008
anon wrote:
This is assinine! If you're too lazy, too irresponsible, or too sick to get yourself a job and permanent shelter, you have no business owning a dog. Dogs require a lot of care and attention. If you can't afford to feed yourself, what makes you think you can feed a dog properly, and keep it's shots and flea treatments up to date? That is a public health issue. We do have a lot of rabies in this county and if you can't afford rabies shots for your dog, you shouldn't have the dog.
I agree 100% with you ANON!
doggdaze46

Kennewick, WA

#11 Jan 28, 2008
If dog owners had JOBS, there wouldn't be a problem! What more could you expect from hobos?
Grammy M

Mckinleyville, CA

#12 Jan 28, 2008
I am appalled at the TS for romanticizing being homeless with a dog! A 25 yr old can get a job, have an apt and then look into getting a pet.

What is with this generation of homeless youth? Why did they not grow up with work ethics that would bring them to a place they can be functioning adults? I for one am sick and tired of looking at them in their rags, begging for money, and smelling to high heaven. Humboldt county needs to withdraw it's helping hand, free meals, ect.

Every time I'm ask for money I for one tell them NO. Get A JOB, be ashamed of asking a 50 yr grandma for her hard earned dollars!

So shame on you Times Standard for once again giving homeless a reason to glorify their lifestyle.
Emily Major

Oakland, CA

#13 Jan 28, 2008
Ive worked for a non profit for years and we set up a pet food donation area and i distributed it to people in need and the homeless in the bay area. when i move to eureka i plan on setting up a simaler program for area. But the problem dosnt stop with the homless and there pets. I have yet to find a renter in the area that will even allow my 45 pound dog with pet references,and years of training. humbolt is not a dog friendly community and more should be done to make it one.....
Emily Major

Oakland, CA

#14 Jan 28, 2008
for all those asholes who say if a homless person cant take care of them selves then they cant take care of a dog. Id be willing to bet the homeless animals are happyier than yours. Id also be willing to bet you have never been homless! Also please remember not all homless are bums, it can be a lifestyle choice, a mental or phisical disability, or a string of bad luck. And to grammy in Eureka the world has changed quite a bit sence the 1920s ok. maybe its not todays youth but todays world. you can work your fingers to the bone these days and still die poor and hungry. maybe if more people helped echother instead of judging echother the world would be a diff. place for our grandchildren.....
Humboldt Homeowner

Mckinleyville, CA

#15 Jan 28, 2008
Emily Major wrote:
Ive worked for a non profit for years and we set up a pet food donation area and i distributed it to people in need and the homeless in the bay area. when i move to eureka i plan on setting up a simaler program for area. But the problem dosnt stop with the homless and there pets. I have yet to find a renter in the area that will even allow my 45 pound dog with pet references,and years of training. humbolt is not a dog friendly community and more should be done to make it one.....
Humboldt is dog friendly. A large amount of the population here is sick of the homeless people and the bleeding heart homeless activists that together, put a black mark on our county. I have rentals, and no, I would not rent to you due to your politics, not because of your dog. How would I know you wouldn't bring a homeless hobo home with his pregnant dog?
If you want to help distribute donated pet food, give it to the seniors! Geesh~
Grammy M

Mckinleyville, CA

#16 Jan 28, 2008
Emily Major wrote:
for all those asholes who say if a homless person cant take care of them selves then they cant take care of a dog. Id be willing to bet the homeless animals are happyier than yours. Id also be willing to bet you have never been homless! Also please remember not all homless are bums, it can be a lifestyle choice, a mental or phisical disability, or a string of bad luck. And to grammy in Eureka the world has changed quite a bit sence the 1920s ok. maybe its not todays youth but todays world. you can work your fingers to the bone these days and still die poor and hungry. maybe if more people helped echother instead of judging echother the world would be a diff. place for our grandchildren.....
20's? Not only can you not spell, your math is off drastically. I'll be 50 later this yr, which means I was born in 1958.

I was homeless for 6 months when I first moved to Humboldt county in the 70's. I lived in my car, bathed everyday, and worked 2 jobs to better myself. In 6 months I was homeless, no one knew. I saved enough money to put down on a piece of land, and eventually built a small home on it. I payed it off and owe nothing, not one debt. HARD WORK is the bottom line, not holding my cardboard sign up trying to take from those that earned theirs honestly.

My oldest child is 28 and was raised with work ethics. Even in hard times, she never took a handout, from the government, welfare, or family and friends. I'm proud of my children that are part of today's youth. What's wrong with the world is people with views as yours that believe the world OWES them a living and a handout! Enabling is a frightening habit to form~
Emily

Oakland, CA

#17 Jan 28, 2008
please!!!! im not some freak i would never let some homeless person w/a dog into my home. Thats about as likely as if you were to do such a thing! I know what you are saying about the homeless, it comes with the tarritory though. The same reasons why i love humboldt are the same resons why the homeless are here!!!!And All im saying is they wont just dissapear like everyone wants. So you can call it my politics or whatever you want. but it is my values that tell me, when i live in this world and there is somthing wrong with it, I dont wish it to dissapear, I wish to fix it. So when I have kids and raise them Instead of bitching about it and doing nothing. i can hope i made a difference. for your sake and the worlds i hope our many problems vanish with no effort. But its unlikly. By the way even though you would never rent to me,Thank you for being a landlord that will rent to pet owners, more are needed like you!!!!!!!!!!
Emily

Oakland, CA

#18 Jan 28, 2008
By the way the pet food dose go to low income elderly.there first on the list.
Lo Fat

Forestville, CA

#19 Jan 28, 2008
anon wrote:
This is assinine! If you're too lazy, too irresponsible, or too sick to get yourself a job and permanent shelter, you have no business owning a dog. Dogs require a lot of care and attention. If you can't afford to feed yourself, what makes you think you can feed a dog properly, and keep it's shots and flea treatments up to date? That is a public health issue. We do have a lot of rabies in this county and if you can't afford rabies shots for your dog, you shouldn't have the dog.
I looked up the stats for Rabies in Humboldt. At least for 2006. Total of 5 reported cases. 4 Bats and 1 Fox. Not exactly an epidemic. Your post really isn't about dogs, is it? It's about a certain class of people that you hate. Please don't get a dog if you are like that.
Kuzinski

Manteca, CA

#20 Jan 28, 2008
But pity the landlord with a heart who then has to replace all the carpeting in the house and repaint due to a tenant that had a couple of pets for six months. Those costs far outstrip the deposit and small profit.
Emily

Oakland, CA

#21 Jan 28, 2008
like i said things are diff. than the 70s, who wasnt homless then. I come from strong hard working people, and productive members of society. Ive worked sence i was 15 and been homeless as well. I never held up a sign asking for money i worked for my $! my family dosnt give handouts. But when a nother humen being is in need we will give them work, so that they can get back on there feet. When im in the possition to help someone i always will. not by giving a free handout, but by being a human being. Genarations ago my family were ranchers and the rule was anyone asking for a handout was given a shovel told to work and when they were done they could have a place to stay and a meal for the night. This is how the world used to work and now its giving a handout!!!!!The world has changed and not for the better.

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