Lean on me

Dogs help homeless people

source: Adam Macqueen and Tina Jackson
Guardian Weekend December 15 2001 p79

Dogs are valued by many homeless people as friends who can also protect them, and they can motivate their owners and give them a feeling of belonging. St Mungo’s is one important charity in London, England, which runs accommodation schemes where owners can stay with their dogs. The National Canine Defence League also helps homeless dog owners, by providing free treatment through its Hope project, started in 1996. Vets from the project often note that homeless people’s dogs are well socialised and healthy. The Hope Project neuters and vaccinates dogs, distributes food, toys, and other donations from manufacturers such as Pedigree, and helps homeless people and their dogs with winter shelter.