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Down and Out in Las Vegas.
I recall once, years ago, seeing a homeless man with a dog. I felt a bit angry that this man was using an innocent dog in order to get more money. I’m happy to say that I am more socially aware now, and realize that the homeless see their animals as companions and more, as family.
I've learned that my response back then was not so unusual. Many people feel that homeless people with pets are being selfish and that they shouldn’t have a pet if they can’t even take care of themselves.
In fact, these animals are a lifeline to the homeless, who will often go without food to feed their pets. In many cases, the pet has become homeless along with the person. In other instances, homeless people take in street animals, often saving them from abuse or euthanasia.
Why do animals end up in the shelter?
Have you ever asked yourself this question: What are the reasons that cause an animal to end up in a shelter? You might be surprised to learn the heartbreaking reasons that a beloved pet ends up being surrendered. According to a study from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), for low-income pet owners, the top three challenges that these pet owners faced were — veterinary bills, behavior issues, and basic needs (like free or low-cost pet food.)
Assisting basic needs is one of the founding principles of Urban Underdogs… we support the underserved communities of the Las Vegas Valley so that decision to surrender a companion animal doesn't have to be made. We assist and help provide meals to the furry family members of those in need so they won’t go hungry.