Many homeless insist that "their animal companion is their best friend and oxygen without whom life wouldn't be worth living." What pets need most is human companionship, they don't need a house. They love, adore and protect their owners.
Pets offer a vital relationship to many homeless individuals. They provide unconditional love and friendship to people who face loneliness and alienation in life on the streets.
Although homeless pet owners struggle to care for their pets, many choose to put their animal's needs first, choosing to go hungry themselves rather than see their companion go hungry.
There is an increasing recognition of the important role pets play in the lives of the homeless.
It's therefore encouraging to see charitable organizations such as "Pets of the Homeless" that focus on providing food and veterinary care for pets of the homeless.
A powerful bond that exists between many homeless people and their pets. It reinforces the message that pets don't care how much money a person has, all they care about is love.