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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Heather

Eureka, CA

#43 Jan 29, 2008
Thomas Paine Jr wrote:
Owning a pet should be a right. There should be no discrimination in housing for pets.
Never rented out an apartment or house to an irresponsible pet owner have you?
Try it and see if cleaning up the place after the tenants leave changes your mind.
Heather

Eureka, CA

#44 Jan 29, 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.....
Stay where you are. We don't need more do-gooders like you here. We have enough of them screwing things up as it is.
Heather

Eureka, CA

#45 Jan 29, 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.....
Maybe if more people used common sense and got an education we wouldn't have idiots like you around who use no judgement at all, let alone good judgement.

“Cons Fear Everything!!”

Since: Jan 08

Portland, Or

#46 Jan 29, 2008
Heather wrote:
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Stay where you are. We don't need more do-gooders like you here. We have enough of them screwing things up as it is.
And god knows people like Heather hate anyone who tries to do good. It puts her in a foul mood.

“Cons Fear Everything!!”

Since: Jan 08

Portland, Or

#47 Jan 29, 2008
Heather wrote:
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Never rented out an apartment or house to an irresponsible pet owner have you?
Try it and see if cleaning up the place after the tenants leave changes your mind.
Actually, I have and it still didn't stop us from rentingto people with pets. But then again, we're not filled with hate like you, Heather.
I love dogs

United States

#48 Jan 29, 2008
Read the topic: Woman arrested after dog jumps from window, dies.
anony

United States

#49 Jan 29, 2008
Lo Fat wrote:
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Ok. How many foxes is it? The stats that I am presently looking at (1997-2006, statewide totals for rabies) indicates 43 foxes in the entire state. In 10 years. About 15 in Humboldt. In 10 years. And a total of 18 dogs, statewide. In 10 years. I don't think that is enough to exactly stampede people with fear. In the future it would be helpful to include a link.
http://www.dhs.ca.gov/dcdc/disb/pdf/1997-2006...
You miss the point. Rabies is just one issue with homeless owning dogs. If they're unable to afford food and shelter, they cannot possibly properly provide for a dog. It is state law to vaccinate your dog for rabies and pay for a dog license so that they can keep track of the dogs who are being vaccinated. Rabies is a dangerous, deadly and preventable disease.
"Over the last 100 years, rabies in the United States has changed dramatically. More than 90% of all animal cases reported annually to CDC now occur in wildlife; before 1960 the majority were in domestic animals. The principal rabies hosts today are wild carnivores and bats.. The number of rabies-related human deaths in the United States has declined from more than 100 annually at the turn of the century to one or two per year in the1990's. Modern day prophylaxis has proven nearly 100% successful. In the United States, human fatalities associated with rabies occur in people who fail to seek medical assistance, usually because they were unaware of their exposure."
http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/about.html

It's the rabies vaccinations that keeps this from becoming a problem. How many homeless do you know actually get their dogs vaccinated, for anything?
Empathitic in CA

Beverly Hills, CA

#50 Sep 29, 2010
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.
Being homeless does not mean that you are lazy, and irresponsible! I just hope that you haven't or do not lose your job or home due to the economic crisis hitting this country! But maybe you should, because then you would learn what it is like to sleep on cardboard, and what it means to have another living creature offer you unconditional love and devotion when the rest of the humans in America are turning their heads pretending not to notice the plight you are in. Pets offer a love that these individuals need just to survive mentally and emotionally through such a trying experience. Dogs also offer the homeless protection from human predators who prey on the weak. They alert their owners when somebody is approaching. They also provide warmth from body heat when sleeping with their owners. Dogs are naturally nomadic in nature, so the constant moving does not bother them. They are provided with food, and protection from humans who would do them harm if left to roam without a human companion.
And as far as a "public health issue", the homeless tend to take better care of their pets than those people who have homes and keep their dogs chained up outside without food and water! They take animals as pets/companions that are unwanted, and left to fend for themselves. The homeless give up eating in order for their pets to eat...do you do that?? They find the funds, by collecting cans and bottles, in order to pay for their dogs to get their annual shots. They value their dogs far more than a majority of "homed" dog owners value their pets!
Grow up and get your head out of your buttocks! The pets of the homeless give the homeless a sense of being needed, a constant companion, a value...something that society is consistently telling them they are not worthy of.
I have a dog, cats, fish, and let me tell you, they give me more love and sense of value than any human can. No, I am not homeless, but I have been! And I know where those who are homeless are coming from with regard to their dogs. They have lost everything, and society is constantly kicking them when they are down. Just as people treat homeless dogs, we kick them or ignore them. We treat both populations with contempt, fear and loathing. Their dogs do not do this to them, instead the dogs unconditionally love them.
You, sir or madame, are part of the problem, not the solution, with your preconceived beliefs and prejudices. And the fact that you are incapable of using spell check (assinine??? Really??? It's asinine, moron!) leads me to have a preconceived opinion that you're also an idiot, on so many levels!
The pets of the homeless should not be a excuse to otherwise offering the homeless shelter and food. Especially, if the homeless individual is disabled (according to the federal American with Disabilities Act, discrimination due to a "service" animal is a federal offense...and these dogs provide a "service" to their disabled owners in many ways not previously taken into consideration by the general public).
I think that people should put themselves into a hw it feels to be turomeless individuals "shoes" and see how being turned away because your best friend is four legged feels. To some it is the same as asking to amputate a limb in exchange for assistance.
"Too lazy, too irresponsible, or too sick to get yourself a job and permanent shelter" is not the rule for being homeless, it is the exception. Become educated about the situation before sticking your foot in your mouth!!!
Carl Johnson

San Francisco, CA

#51 Sep 29, 2010
Jeeze just gas the fkn mutts.
firewolf

Buckhannon, WV

#52 Aug 14, 2011
I take offense to everyone on here saying that just because you are homeless means you can't take care of a pet, saying that a 25 year old is to lazy to work, and that homeless people just want handouts. I for one will be homeless in 2 days. I am 25 years old, going on 26. I have no friends where I am right now, and my family only looks after themselves. I have a dog that I rescued 10 months ago, and I always put her health and well being before my own. I don't eat until she has had plenty, and I WILL NOT BE GETTING RID OF HER just because I will be homeless. I have a few mental problems, and in addition to being my only friend, she is the only true family that I have and she keeps me sane, and gives me the companionship that I need. I will be providing her with food and water, and there is a vet that gives her her shots because I have FOOD STAMPS. For the record, I felt bad signing up for them, but since I had absolutely no way to get food at the time, I needed them. Just because you are on a government program doesn't make you the lowest form of life like some believe. Anytime I have left over food each month, I donate it to the homeless shelter. Now that I am going to be homeless, I don't know if I will be able to do that, but I do know one thing for sure: Food stamps are what will keep me and my dog alive until I can save up the money for a place to live. I won't be homeless by choice, it will be a forced thing.
firewolf

Buckhannon, WV

#53 Aug 14, 2011
empathitic, Thank you. you said everything that I was trying to say
Georges Bush

United States

#54 Aug 15, 2011
I say we take your dog and shoot it in front of you.
firewolf wrote:
I take offense to everyone on here saying that just because you are homeless means you can't take care of a pet, saying that a 25 year old is to lazy to work, and that homeless people just want handouts. I for one will be homeless in 2 days. I am 25 years old, going on 26. I have no friends where I am right now, and my family only looks after themselves. I have a dog that I rescued 10 months ago, and I always put her health and well being before my own. I don't eat until she has had plenty, and I WILL NOT BE GETTING RID OF HER just because I will be homeless. I have a few mental problems, and in addition to being my only friend, she is the only true family that I have and she keeps me sane, and gives me the companionship that I need. I will be providing her with food and water, and there is a vet that gives her her shots because I have FOOD STAMPS. For the record, I felt bad signing up for them, but since I had absolutely no way to get food at the time, I needed them. Just because you are on a government program doesn't make you the lowest form of life like some believe. Anytime I have left over food each month, I donate it to the homeless shelter. Now that I am going to be homeless, I don't know if I will be able to do that, but I do know one thing for sure: Food stamps are what will keep me and my dog alive until I can save up the money for a place to live. I won't be homeless by choice, it will be a forced thing.
Craig

Memphis, TN

#55 Dec 12, 2012
Ive not seen more ignorance and selfish "50s" style people before

california is not a state of known intelligence. your arrogance is ignorance

not one of you have a clue about the homeless who have a pet

i may face being homeless and im not giving my dog to any shelter to die
he's been my only friend who wont judge me and who has stood beside me

to call cops on some guy who lives with dogs in his van is shameful.

obviously you have too much time and too much money on your hands
and have not worked hard a day in your life

homeless people choose to have pets. i believe animals are better judges of character than mankind is...

youre too lazy to speak with the homeless person and resolve your selfish needs between you two like humans. you just make up accusations and call in the state police to accost them and take away their only friend.

shame on you, only a god should judge. hipocrites
Craig

Memphis, TN

#56 Dec 12, 2012
Dave In Portland wrote:
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And god knows people like Heather hate anyone who tries to do good. It puts her in a foul mood.
Heather needs some anal exploration to find that telephone pole wedged in there
44 Mag Sila

Hayward, CA

#57 Dec 12, 2012
Save the smart dogs and shoot the pitbulls and bums and vagrants, that is the only way to clean up Humboldt.
Yelp

Eureka, CA

#58 Apr 6, 2014
liberass newspaper wrote:
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
That is the most idiotic thing i have ever heard!!!!! please get your head out of your ass and take a look at the unemployment rate in this county! It's not just Hispanic people on the streets trying to get jobs you are to stuck up to do, It puts food on the table! their are just as many white people on the streets as their are minorities!
Duke

United States

#59 Aug 5, 2014
Arcata must have something bad in the water. Someone probably dumped gun powder and meth into the water supply. Get a grip, wake up. Life is good. Leave each other be.
Abnuka Jackson

Hayward, CA

#60 Aug 5, 2014
Duke wrote:
Arcata must have something bad in the water. Someone probably dumped gun powder and meth into the water supply. Get a grip, wake up. Life is good. Leave each other be.
Meth 5$ cuz in da sqare cuz an up gintoli cuz
1010Robandshoot

San Ramon, CA

#61 Aug 10, 2014
Rob the gro room cuz stupd whitshts. Choot the whitis! Arcaat scom!
AnonyDog

Eagle, CO

#62 Nov 26, 2015
The average self-entitled idiot has no idea what leads to being homeless. Rescuing a dog and then losing your job for reasons you can't control isn't a moral issue. Do people really think it's more responsible to get rid of your dog just because you lost your housing? Should mothers who lose housing simply get rid of their kids? Arcata is a town you can't just live in without help from family - whether you stay with them while looking for a place or, more often, richy trust-fund kids get their first few months or entire stay paid for while in school or transitioning out of HSU.

It's the folks that try to do it for real and find employment and housing without the support of their families that end up on the street - and if they have a dog it's somehow supposed to be MORE LAZY than kids that get everything paid for by daddy and have birds, snakes, dogs, cats, etc? Get a life, elitist trash hoarders, and don't talk about something you've never experienced.

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