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Puppies paired with panhandlers in S.F. to curb homelessness
LA Times ^ | June 14, 2012 | Maria L. LaGanga

Posted on 06/16/2012 8:39:11 PM PDT by Innovative

A new program in San Francisco will pair carefully selected dogs from shelters with panhandlers in an effort to steer the latter away from asking for money on the streets and keep the animals from being euthanized.

The temporary guardians (the words "pet" and "owner" are frowned upon in San Francisco) will receive weekly stipends of $50 to $75 and must agree to jettison their cardboard signs in the pilot project believed to be the first of its kind in the country.

The program, scheduled to start in August, is called WOOF, short for Wonderful Opportunities for Occupants and Fidos. The animals will eventually be placed in permanent homes.

"I can't make panhandling go away," said Bevan Dufty, one of the plan's architects. "But I can make a better offer."

(Excerpt) Read more at latimesblogs.latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; US: California
KEYWORDS: doggieping; dogs; homeless; napl; panhandlers; penhandlers; puppies; sanfrancisco; verybadidea; woof
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I don't know whether to laugh or cry at this stupidity.
1 posted on 06/16/2012 8:39:22 PM PDT by Innovative
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To: Innovative

PETA - Please pick up the white courtesy phone NOW!


2 posted on 06/16/2012 8:44:15 PM PDT by posterchild
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To: Innovative

I’m sure they’ll find them delicious.


3 posted on 06/16/2012 8:44:14 PM PDT by Spok
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To: Innovative

They’ll eat the dogs!


4 posted on 06/16/2012 8:44:23 PM PDT by 2111USMC (Not a hard man to track. Leaves dead men wherever he goes.)
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To: Innovative

Giving out dogs, eh? Was this Obama's idea?

5 posted on 06/16/2012 8:44:38 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Obama needs more time. After all -- Rome wasn't burned in a day.)
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To: Innovative

Why can’t we send these people to Mars?


6 posted on 06/16/2012 8:45:03 PM PDT by wastedyears ("God? I didn't know he was signed onto the system.")
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To: Innovative

People who don’t want dogs, should not be given dogs.

These beggars will take the dogs, to get the weekly money, but I doubt they will care for the dogs.


7 posted on 06/16/2012 8:45:24 PM PDT by Innovative (None are so blind that will not see.)
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To: Innovative
(the words "pet" and "owner" are frowned upon in San Francisco)

Liberalism is a mental disease.

8 posted on 06/16/2012 8:46:21 PM PDT by 2111USMC (Not a hard man to track. Leaves dead men wherever he goes.)
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To: Innovative
This is a real god of an idea.

That you! I'll be here all weekend.

9 posted on 06/16/2012 8:50:39 PM PDT by mykroar (October race riots bring November martial law.)
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To: mykroar

dog* ... /sigh, time for bed.


10 posted on 06/16/2012 8:52:12 PM PDT by mykroar (October race riots bring November martial law.)
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To: 2111USMC
(the words "pet" and "owner" are frowned upon in San Francisco)

Liberalism is a mental disease.

Ah California! The state where the technical terms of master and slave to denote a hard drive configuration relationship are likewise frowned upon (if not disallowed outright). Is one allowed to have a "master" bedroom is the once Golden State?

11 posted on 06/16/2012 8:56:34 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: Innovative

I live alone, but somehow, the brown acid made it into my drink


12 posted on 06/16/2012 8:56:43 PM PDT by pops88 (Standing with Breitbart for truth.)
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To: Innovative
I cannot believe how incredibly stupid that is. I mean Dehydrated stupid. Dehydrated-rock-hard stupid. Stupid, so stupid it goes way beyond the stupid we know into a whole different dimension of stupid. It is trans-stupid stupid. Meta-stupid. Stupid collapsed on itself so far that even the neutrons have collapsed. Stupid gotten so dense that no intellect can escape. Singularity stupid. Blazing hot mid-day sun on Mercury stupid. You emit more stupid in one second than our entire galaxy emits in a year. Quasar stupid. Nothing in our universe can really be this stupid. Perhaps this is some primordial fragment from the original big bang of stupid. Some pure essence of a stupid so uncontaminated by anything else as to be beyond the laws of physics that we know.
13 posted on 06/16/2012 8:58:42 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: mykroar

Indeed. That you, that you very much! :-)


14 posted on 06/16/2012 8:59:03 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: Chode

“I cannot believe how incredibly stupid that is. I mean Dehydrated stupid. Dehydrated-rock-hard stupid. Stupid, so stupid it goes way beyond the stupid we know into a whole different dimension of stupid. It is trans-stupid stupid. Meta-stupid.”

San Fran... they took the left over brown acid.


15 posted on 06/16/2012 9:03:09 PM PDT by pops88 (Standing with Breitbart for truth.)
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To: Chode

Also, it can be hard to get a date on Saturday night at the glory hole.


16 posted on 06/16/2012 9:04:41 PM PDT by pops88 (Standing with Breitbart for truth.)
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To: Innovative

I like it. The unemployed will be working by fostering dogs. The people and dogs both benefit.


17 posted on 06/16/2012 9:08:03 PM PDT by BarbaraInSC
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; afraidfortherepublic; ...
WOOOF!

The Doggie Ping list is for FReepers who would like to be notified of threads relating to all things canid. If you would like to join the Doggie Ping Pack (or be unleashed from it), FReemail me.

18 posted on 06/16/2012 9:08:03 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: ClearCase_guy

“Giving out dogs, eh? Was this Obama’s idea?”

ROFL!!!


19 posted on 06/16/2012 9:08:38 PM PDT by CodeToad (Homosexuals are homophobes. They insist on being called 'gay' instead.)
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To: Innovative

How does giving a homeless man something that costs money to keep encourage him to not be homeless? This is insane.

I’ve just come back from nearly 2 weeks in CA and the pan handlers and homeless are everywhere. I don’t think there are enough dogs to go around.


20 posted on 06/16/2012 9:09:49 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: BarbaraInSC

“The unemployed will be working by fostering dogs. The people and dogs both benefit.”

The dogs are given to PANHANDLERS, not “ordinary unemployed” people. These are chronic beggars, mostly homeless, they can’t even take care of themselves, much less dogs. The don’t want the dogs, they just want the money and will probably starve the dogs.


21 posted on 06/16/2012 9:10:58 PM PDT by Innovative (None are so blind that will not see.)
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To: Innovative; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ...
WTF?!!!!


22 posted on 06/16/2012 9:12:56 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: 2111USMC
They can take the $75 weekly stipend and use it to take a taxi ride to a different place to panhandle. The city is paying pan handlers to leave the city and set up shop in the next town over.
23 posted on 06/16/2012 9:13:32 PM PDT by peeps36 (America is being destroyed by filthy traitors in the political establishment)
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To: pops88
no doubt...
24 posted on 06/16/2012 9:14:39 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: pops88
are you kidding? they'd prolly violate the dog first!
25 posted on 06/16/2012 9:15:49 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode
Chode, could you further define 'stupid'? You were a little vague there..............

"As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their hearts desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron."

--H.L. Mencken, The Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920


26 posted on 06/16/2012 9:16:58 PM PDT by Viking2002
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To: Spok
I’m sure they’ll find them delicious

This just in.......a large gathering of homeless people has been sighted in San Fran's Chinatown

27 posted on 06/16/2012 9:22:46 PM PDT by Repeat Offender (While the wicked stand confounded, call me with Thy Saints surrounded)
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To: BarbaraInSC
"I like it"

Really? Do you want to have your thug friends in the government take any more of my money for things you like, Commie trash?


28 posted on 06/16/2012 9:23:39 PM PDT by I see my hands (It's time to.. KICK OUT THE JAMS, MOTHER FREEPERS!)
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To: Chode

Obama-level stupid?


29 posted on 06/16/2012 9:24:52 PM PDT by CitizenUSA (Why celebrate evil? Evil is easy. Good is the goal worth striving for.)
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To: Innovative

This is probably the most stupid government program I’ve ever heard of. Kalifornia? No surprise there.


30 posted on 06/16/2012 9:25:07 PM PDT by Rembrandt (Part of the 52% who pay Federal taxes)
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To: mykroar

>> dog* ... /sigh, time for bed.

Don’t tell me... YOU’RE that agnostic, dyslexic insomniac that lays awake at night wondering if there IS a Dog?


31 posted on 06/16/2012 9:25:07 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: CitizenUSA
bingo... Stooopid on the 0bama order of magnitude!!!
32 posted on 06/16/2012 9:26:38 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: BarbaraInSC

>> The people and dogs both benefit.

I’m curious. Have you ever actually *been* to San Francisco?


33 posted on 06/16/2012 9:27:12 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: 2111USMC; Spok; Chode

>> They’ll eat the dogs!

I doubt it. But what they most definitely WILL do is use the poor dog as nothing more than a beggar’s prop, just like a throwaway cardboard sign, a styrofoam cup, a three day old beard, a greasy dirty tee shirt...

How do I know? Because they ALREADY DO IT! The panhandlers have been using dogs (and cats) as props for YEARS — predating this stupid idea by a LONG time.

The people who dream up this sh!t are stupid and naive beyond belief. Beyond “Chode stupid”, even. :-)


34 posted on 06/16/2012 9:33:04 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: Nervous Tick

Excellent point.


35 posted on 06/16/2012 9:40:33 PM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: Innovative
I don't know whether to laugh or cry at this stupidity.

The gods themselves look down in horror.

36 posted on 06/16/2012 9:41:33 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: Innovative

If it keeps the dogs from being euthanized and gives the homeless a purpose then have at it. Who knows it may keep the homeless from being euthanized.


37 posted on 06/16/2012 9:44:50 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: BarbaraInSC
I like it. The unemployed will be working by fostering dogs. The people and dogs both benefit.

It must be bliss to be so ignorant of how the real world works.

Ever seen how poorly dysfunctional people treat their children?

For some bizarre reason, you seem to believe they would provide better treatment to animals.

38 posted on 06/16/2012 9:47:27 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse
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To: Innovative

It is our fire department’s policy to transport anyone who is drunk to our sobering center; if they are too drunk to walk they go to a local hospital. Needless to say this results in millions of dollars in unpaid ambulance and hospital bills every year. So what are they going to do with the dogs when they transport the drunks?


39 posted on 06/16/2012 10:16:06 PM PDT by fireman15 (Check your facts before making ignorant statements.)
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To: fireman15
From the article, “and “no drug or alcohol addiction, unless they're in treatment.”

They are almost all in treatment all of the time. lol

40 posted on 06/16/2012 10:20:30 PM PDT by fireman15 (Check your facts before making ignorant statements.)
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To: Innovative

Those poor dogs have already had it rough, and now the liberals are going to do this to them. How sad.


41 posted on 06/16/2012 10:48:06 PM PDT by pallis
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To: Innovative

Photo of dog with sign propped up against it that reads “give me your spare change or the dog gets it” coming up in 24 hours or less.


42 posted on 06/17/2012 12:29:58 AM PDT by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: Innovative

The reason people are chronically homeless is because in some way they are rejecting societal norms in a dysfunctional way. We have a large homeless population where I live. There ARE hard workers temporarily homeless, and it is shocking and upsetting. They probably have their own dogs they are worried about caring for.

The chronically homeless fight, are drunk/stoned, and/or mentally ill. (My fave here has a sign, “Why lie? I need a drink”) To put some poor dog out on the street with them would be a disaster.


43 posted on 06/17/2012 1:28:59 AM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: I still care

The insanity never ends with the libs. I can tell you which “homeless” person owns which intersection on the Las Vegas strip. Now in San Fran. they’re going to pan handle for a dog, too? Or will the dog be used to drive the point home it’s their intersection? Seriously, I think someone is putting drugs in my water.


44 posted on 06/17/2012 1:42:14 AM PDT by pops88 (Standing with Breitbart for truth.)
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To: Innovative
I live in a very small town/ city. several times a month I see a couple with the skinniest @ss dog I have ever seen near the Walmart entrance or by the I81 with a sign saying "Homeless, won't you help?"

They have a great scam going.

45 posted on 06/17/2012 3:45:08 AM PDT by verga (Party like it is 1773)
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To: Slings and Arrows
On the face of it, this is an absurd idea.

OTOH, I understand that these are *formerly* homeless people, who would be getting the dogs. Perhaps this will be the only *love* these people ever know.

What kind of a hideous *agency/bureaucracy* is going to be created to monitor this program? Oi!

46 posted on 06/17/2012 4:01:08 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Innovative

ROFL...money to spend on drugs, booze whatever...and starving pups on the street. Oh yeah, this has SUCCESS written all over it /s. I’m still laughing.


47 posted on 06/17/2012 4:07:02 AM PDT by Conservative4Ever (The Obamas = rude, crude and socially unacceptable)
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To: Daffynition

The dogs might love the people, but will the love be reciprocated? Given my experience with human nature and bureaucracies, I can’t imagine this will end well.


48 posted on 06/17/2012 4:12:31 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Innovative
"they just want the money and will probably starve the dogs."

They actually learned something from Florida. Now they have the Terry Schiavo answer to their pound problem.

49 posted on 06/17/2012 4:21:00 AM PDT by mazda77 (and I am a Native Texan)
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To: 2111USMC

Having a parade where they walk around with each other on a leash is perfectly acceptable in SF.

You’re right.

They’re nuts.


50 posted on 06/17/2012 4:22:57 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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