Pets living on the street

Life on the streets is HARD on humans — but what about the many dogs found around homeless tents? KITV 4’s Paul Drewes takes a look at this CANINE COMPONENT to the homeless problem . shot @2:52 Veronica perez has a special relationship with her dog nalu… [email protected]:11 “he takes away my stress and my depression” There is a lot of stress as Veronica lives in a tent in Kakaako, but her four year old pup help take her mind off her problems. 1:10 “he makes my day… laughs” shot of guy and his dog from 12/7/14 – homeless story Veronica and many other homeless residents have found some comfort with canines. mary @:42 “pets do a lot of good for people. they are a strong emotional bond and support to people who have a hard time forming those relationships with people” homeless encampment Pets can provide comfort and companionship, but they can also add challenges to life on the street. 1:20 “its kinda hard but I try to manage yeah” 1:46 “I always make sure he has food and water, and people donate food and I go to the Humane Society and get food” There is a pet food bank available to owners who need help feeding their animals. use picture here Even with those resources, some pets on the streets may end up without — food, water or shade on a hot summer day — like this puppy tied up in the sun. A concerned viewer sent in the shot after getting the pup a big bowl of water. Steiner says this is more the exception than the rule, as the Humane Society gets few calls about neglected pets belonging to homeless residents. 2:32 “we often find that people will care for their pets better than they care for themselves, the last little bit of food might go to the pets. They understand the need for better pet care.” Along with the numerous agencies that visit and help the homeless population, people are also keeping an eye on the pets. 3:55 “our officers will walk the encampments, and check in on animals to make sure they are being well cared for and their welfare is a top priority” Veronica makes sure of that for Nalu. Even though she doesn’t have much, her pet has become an important part of her family. 2:08 “I cannot give him up. A lot of people offered to buy him but he’s not for sale” In Kakaako, Paul Drewes KITV 4 news. If you see neglected or abused animals — call the Hawaiian Humane Society at 356-2250 between 8 am and 5 pm. Big Island police

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