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After reading all the replies I'm pretty shocked that not a single person has expressed concern over the homeless human ... were homeless and someone did that I'd wonder whythey had more compassion for my animal than they did for me.

I used to buy food and offer it to homeless ppl in Portland but then a couple things happened 1) a man I had fed several times yelled at me one day when I didn't have food that "I have more money than you anyway ***"
2) I gave money out to a supposed ex vet with no legs and when I realizedthat 5 was a 50 and went back he RAN away apparently my 50 caused the miracle of limb re-growth, who knew...
I've also had ppl get very vulgar, I don't hesitate to help ppl with animals or children and if they accept help for their dependents then I offer them something (never money though) but I am not as "helpful" as I used to be...
Michelle
After reading all the replies I'm pretty shocked that not a single person has expressed concern over the homeless human being, only his dogs & puppies.

We were asked for thoughts on how to deal with the dogs.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
After reading all the replies I'm pretty shocked that not a single person has expressed concern over the homeless human ... homeless and someone did that I'd wonder why they had more compassion for my animal than they did for me.

You want to give money to all the homeless people on the streets? Go for it... you can probably get it on reality TV. :}
I don't regularly give to charities, but occasionally I come across Something I Can Do That Makes A Difference. When I first moved into this house, a homeless person showed up at my door because the previous owners used to help him out. I continued to try to help him. I employed him to mow my lawn, gave him the use of my mower to get other lawn jobs, fed him lunch when he came over, and even gave him cash hand-outs to help him buy clothing for job interviews and secure living quarters.
He never showed up to mow my lawn (even after being prepaid), supposedly got my lawn mower stolen from him, and I could hardly support myself financially, never mind hand out $20s to him. (And there was always an excuse as to why he hadn't gotten a job.) So I ended it.
But I don't regret it, and I'd do something similar again. In that case, there just seemed to be something worthwhile I could do to really help - i.e., help him get his fishing license, as opposed to handing out fishes.

In this case, I'd feel the same way. Here's a really beneficial thing a person could provide for this guy, something that could save him a lot of trouble in the long run. I think offering to spay/neuter his dogs is a marvelous idea. Very compassionate, actually. I'm sure many non-dog-people would want him to give up his dogs to save money.
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After reading all the replies I'm pretty shocked that not ... more compassion for my animal than they did for me.

You want to give money to all the homeless people on the streets? Go forit... you can probably get it on reality TV. :}

That's a gigantic, and incorrect, assumption to make based on my post.
But I don't regret it, and I'd do something similar again. In that case,there just seemed to be something worthwhile I could do to really help - i.e.,help him get his fishing license, as opposed to handing out fishes.

When I said "I'd offer it to him" I didn't specify anything more so you don't know that I wouldn't have attached stipulations. I also said "or try to help him in some other way" which can mean any number of things. The how part of it is unimportant. I simply wanted to know why no one bothered to even ask if Kelly had spoken to this person about his being homeless to find out if he's willing to try and change his situation. Spaying a dog is fine but what happens if the dog is hit by a car the next day because it has no home & its owner has to sleep sometime?

Tara
After reading all the replies I'm pretty shocked that not ... over the homeless human being, only his dogs & puppies.

We were asked for thoughts on how to deal with the dogs.

So when people post their "what breed should I get?" questions then they'll only get answers that give breed names and not more questions about their home life, whether they can take care of a dog, whether they've done any research, do they have cats, kids, how many hours a day are they going to devote to exercising? Come on, you know that 90% of the people here rarely post a reply that contains nothing more than what the OP asked for.

Tara
I used to buy food and offer it to homeless ppl in Portland but then a couple things happened 1) ... dependents then I offer them something (never money though) but I am not as "helpful" as I used to be...

I realize that a great many homeless people either don't want to be helped or are in such a hole that they can't see a way out and no amount of good samaritinism is going to help. I'm not accusing anyone of not helping this guy. I am accusing people of overlooking what I think is a bigger problem. Doesn't mean anyone has to agree but I thought someone would have at least asked about the man when replying about his dogs.

Tara
there's a homeless guy who holds his sign near where i work, who has a couple of dogs (mother and ... but didn't stop to ask today. i'm afraid that if i see them, i'll want one. anyway, suggestions are welcome!

I'd be curious to know if he is willing to accept help and what he's willing to do to obtain it, on all levels. If he doesn't want help for himself you could ask if he needs help with his dogs & puppies. He may be willing to see the dogs go to a rescue group where they'll have a home, maybe not. I don't know that he'd (or most people for that matter) receive an offer to spay his dog very well. I tend to think that a homeless person would find that issue to be the very least in importance.

Tara
I tend to think that a homeless person would find that issue to be the very least in importance.

I don't wouldn't say that necessarily. Many that I have seen do seem to cherish their dogs. Afterall in reality their dog is possibly* the *only real friend they have in the world.

I could see a homeless person being open to spay/neuter way before they are ever going to give up their friend. JMO.

Also on the sleeping issue, enough of these people seem to be in groups. And I haven't seen any without leashes so the dogs are more then likely leashed to their person at night time or when their person is sleeping.
And one other point like people(street kids) dogs who are treated differently often do become very street wise about cars. I have seen this often enough as well.

It's often the overprotected dogs that rarely come out OK when and if they escape their very protected surroundings.

Gwen
If I were homeless and someone did that I'd wonder why they had more compassion for my animal than they did for me.

tiny tangent:
there's an interesting documentary related to this, called Jupiter's Wife. it's fascinating for all sorts of reasons, but the relevant part is that it's about a schizophrenic woman who lives in Central Park. she owns/collects dogs. the film maker and assorted other people try repeatedly to help her (at one point a friend gets an apartment for her and her dogs), but for a variety of reasons it never quite works out.
i highly recommend tracking down a copy of it. i got it through Netflix.
http://www.netflix.com/MovieDisplay?trkid=73&movieid=60028795

Amazon.com has used copies for $10.
or
http://makeashorterlink.com/?N18D54E49

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