08 Aug '11, 5pm

Pets of the homeless: Not quite strays, not quite safe

This week (Aug. 7-13) is the second annual "National Feeding Pets of the Homeless Week ," an event aimed at drawing national attention to the issue. Homeless people are frequently stereotyped as lazy or irresponsible, yet that doesn't jibe with someone who sacrifices his or her own meager resources to support a pet — in fact, the idea that hundreds of thousands of homeless Americans own pets suggests they aren't so different from Americans in general, argues Pets of the Homeless founder Genevieve Frederick. And since homeless shelters and apartment complexes often don't allow dogs or cats, she adds, some pet owners even remain homeless to protect their pets.

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/family/pets/stories/pets-of-the-homele...

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