there's a homeless guy who holds his sign near where i work, who has a couple of dogs (mother and son). i sometimes stop and buy him bags of dog food for the pups.
today, i noticed that the mom is pretty obviously nursing, and his sign said he had puppies available. :-(
i was thinking about taking up a collection at work to get her spayed, and the male dog neutered.
my question is, how do you approach a homeless person about something like this? i doubt either of his dogs has ever seen the inside of a vets office, but i know he really cares about them from talking to him.

the dogs are yellow Lab mixes, son looks more labbish than mom, who might have some bully in her. i assume the pups are his, but didn't stop to ask today.
i'm afraid that if i see them, i'll want one.
anyway, suggestions are welcome!
-kelly
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i was thinking about taking up a collection at work to get her spayed, and the male dog neutered.

It may be easier to deal with one dog at a time - in this case the female.
my question is, how do you approach a homeless person about something like this? i doubt either of his dogs has ever seen the inside of a vets office, but i know he really cares about them from talking to him.

If he has difficulties getting rid of the pups, your job of convincing may be easier. Other than that, dealing with a litter couldn't have been easy for him.
Another tact may be to deal directly with the short-term health of the ***, putting a "human" face on it - dogs can get STDs, the physical problems of multiple partners in a short time, the wear and tear of several litters per year ...

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
Matt... "several litters per year"? Maybe two?

culprit.. Why not Ask the man if he would like help to get his *** spayed? Or to bring shots up to date?
Jo Wolf
Martinez, Georgia
Matt... "several litters per year"? Maybe two?

culprit.. Why not Ask the man if he would like help to get his *** spayed? Or to bring shots up to date?
Jo Wolf
Martinez, Georgia
Another tact may be to deal directly with the short-term health of the ***, putting a "human" face on it - dogs can get STDs, the physical problems of multiple partners in a short time, the wear and tear of several litters per year ...

That would be the avenue I would take in this situation. Also make mention of
it not being easy on the puppies to not have a good place to nurture while growing. But then that probably would be taken wrong. I think the above is the best solution I can think of. I often do give bags of dog food to homeless
people with dogs as well. There is one man in particular on my way to Agility with a Rotti. I need to remember next time to have an available bag.

One other thing to mention is that there are often in many cities(one here) that has a mobil spay/neuter Vet service for persons with low/no income. I think they will even give vaccines such as rabies as well.

Gwen
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. If I were going to take up a collection, I think I'd offer it to him or try to help him in some other way (this is assuming he's not a diehard homeless-by-choice person) rather than walk up and offer to pay for his dog's spay. If I were homeless and someone did that I'd wonder why they had more compassion for my animal than they did for me.

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

Hi Tara,
My response was in total assumption this person was a die-hard homeless person.
I know I shouldn't just assume that. In Austin there are many, numerous die-hard homeless people. It is very apparent. Some are not totally homeless and even collect disability checks etc. But I guess my assumption was due to my exposure of so many die-hard homeless people in my vicinity.

At any rate you raise some good points. But offering money to this person, unless they are in some situation usually only aids in buying more alcohol or drugs or both. I wouldn't want to do that. I have often wanted to buy a hamburger to go and give it to some of these people. But money, I am always
a bit leery of doing. Since I feel it is aiding them in ways that are harmful.
Gwen
My response was in total assumption this person was a die-hard homeless person.

My dad had met a couple of people like this when he worked at the bank. Both were millionaires (based only on the assets held in that particular bank), and one had been a successful lawyer. He thought that there must be some sort of mental disorder behind that kind of lifestyle choice.
or drugs or both. I wouldn't want to do that. I have often wanted to buy a hamburger to go ... I am always a bit leery of doing. Since I feel it is aiding them in ways that are harmful.

Ditto that. I have offered to buy food for the homeless, and have given my lunch away to a lady with a nursing infant. I'd say that it is 50-50 on the number of people who took me up on my offer. One told me that he had just eaten and wasn't hungry at the moment, but could I buy him something that won't spoil easily (I bought some fruits and canned food, IIRC). Of course, one guy actually laughed at me, told me that he probably had more money than I did, and showed me a wad of bills that he was carrying. I was an impoverished student, and he was right.

Suja
My response was in total assumption this person was a die-hard homeless person.

My dad had met a couple of people like this when he worked at the bank. Both were millionaires (based ... a successful lawyer. He thought that there must be some sort of mental disorder behind that kind of lifestyle choice.

I heard of a guy similar in Dallas area. But he did have a home but he stood an Pan Handled
because he grew up during the depression. Apparently they had been following him for
years and figured out he was a millionaire. Whoever/reporters, asked him why he
did it, and he replied I am always afraid of losing everything. I do know enough
people that grew up during that era that have similar mindset(my mom and dad).
Though they would never stand on the street begging for money.
or drugs or both. I wouldn't want to do that. ... feel it is aiding them in ways that are harmful.

Ditto that. I have offered to buy food for the homeless, and have given my lunch away to a lady ... showed me a wad of bills that he was carrying. I was an impoverished student, and he was right. Suja

See I had a hunch that is the reaction. They aren't out there for food they are
out there to get money for whatever addiction they may have. Or that is how
it seems a great deal of the time.
Saddly though this has hardened people and I do understand Tara's response of
shock to another human being. But it still isn't going to change what I have seen
for years.
Gwen
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