Skip to comments.Puppies paired with panhandlers in S.F. to curb homelessness
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."
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Those poor dogs have already had it rough, and now the liberals are going to do this to them. How sad.
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.
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.
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.
They have a great scam going.
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!
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.
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.
They actually learned something from Florida. Now they have the Terry Schiavo answer to their pound problem.
Having a parade where they walk around with each other on a leash is perfectly acceptable in SF.
They aren’t pairing panhandlers up with well-behaved animals, either. Giving mentally ill or addicted people who are struggling to manage their own lives the fearful and “rowdy” pups probably won’t end well for some of them.
Good point. This program is a bad idea on more levels than I can count.
Roughly 643,000 people are homeless on any given night in the United States, experts say.
If I had to guess, I would say that photo is staged.
For one, his beard is very neatly trimmed although it appears to have one day stubble beyond the trim.
His outer clothes are dirty but his white undershirt appears brand new.
His hands aren’t weathered, and look like an office worker’s hands.
Hey, hey buddy, you got pay to pet my dog...I take likker, dime bags, and half eaten sandwiches...
“Wonderful Opportunities for Occupants and Fidos”
Um, you’re doing it wrong.
This is a funny way to stop panhandling, I am always more inclined to give money to a bum with a dog than a bum by himself.