Allow pets in Homeless Shelters and Assisted living Programs
  • Petitioned Greg Olsen, Office for the Aging, Seth Diamond, NYC homeless services

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Greg Olsen, Office for the Aging, Seth Diamond, NYC homeless services

Allow pets in Homeless Shelters and Assisted living Programs

    1. Brat FG
    2. Petition by

      Brat FG

      Central Islip, NY

In the U.S., 2.5 to 3.5 million people experience homelessness each year, in most cases, it's a temporary condition. According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, up to 10 percent of homeless people in urban areas and as many as 24 percent of homeless people in rural areas, are pet owners.
The major problem for all homeless people is housing, Shelters, welfare motels and assisted living programs for the homeless and elderly do not allow pets, forcing many homeless and elderly people to stay on the streets rather than leave behind their pet. They are often harassed by animal control and fear to take advantage of free spay/neuter or other free vet care services because if they can not provide an address, their pet may not be returned to them, There are very few programs to help the homeless pet owner and the government needs to make changes and allow homeless and elderly housing programs or incorporate new programs to permit pets to be housed with their homeless owner. An estimated 4 million cats and dogs lives are ended by euthanasia yearly, the majority for no reason other than lack of space at Animal Control facilities. it is unjust to add to that number by taking animals away from people who love and care for them because they are homeless or displaced and it is unjust to force the choice of remaining on the street rather than seeking shelter and assistance because a beloved pet would have to be given up, with a very high risk of being euthanized. By allowing pets in shelters, welfare motels and assisted living facilities for the homeless and elderly a big impact would be made upon the overall number of people living on the street. The no pets allowed policy must be changed!

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    • Stephanie Sakal DENVER, CO
      • almost 2 years ago

      We are homeless and we can't find a place to take us with the dog. She is a chihuahua so she's small but I can't find any place to take us.

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    • Andrea Ho NEW YORK, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      My neighbor who use to live in the Chelsea hotel has been living on the corner of 23rd & 7th with his dog (age 13) for over a year. He has NO where to go and will NOT leave his dog. The two are inseparable. Every day that passes is a cold and wet day that can break a living spirit. This man is in his 50s, tries to be positive, and is trying to sell albums on the street for work, but clearly needs more support. It pains me to see the suffering that they endure. PLEASE help! Or at least direct us to an advice. Winter is here.

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    • Bonnie Kuyateh RIVERSIDE, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      My pets are a major part of my life. If I ever became homeless I would never give up my pets just to be in a homeless shelter. Pets are like people. They need food, warmth and love too. As long as the owner takes all responsibility for their pet what would be the harm in letting them stay in the homeless shelter with their owner?

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    • Maria Velez BROOKLYN, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      I am signing this petition because I believe in it 100%. I am a mother of 3 children and I have 1 pitbull 1 shihtzu and 1 cat! I can never imagine having to part with any of my pets! They treat me better than HUMANS DO!!!

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    • Lacy King GLENWOOD SPRINGS, CO
      • almost 2 years ago

      I wish to pursue a project like this in the future that allows homeless to bring their pets to be sheltered from the harsh CO weather. To promote change in a homeless persons life, we must embrace them and their furry family members who also need our help!

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