Homelessness is a problem worldwide but one aspect of this issue that is often overlooked is the pets that belong to those living without a home. The human connection with pets is a powerful one. Our country has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world with over 60% of households owning a pet. We can only assume that this high rate of pet ownership would also translate into our homeless community.
In the United States it is estimated that 5-10% of the 3.5m homeless people have a dog or cat. That’s more than 175,000 homeless pets on the streets of America. What is happening to these animal companions? One organisation, Pets of the Homeless, was established to provide some much needed assistance to these devoted, fur-buddies.