“She wants me. She offers me my focus. I’ve to feed her. I’ve to stroll her. It is an actual relationship,” Niebur stated, earlier than following Petey to the small, fenced-in canine park on the shelter grounds within the Venice neighborhood, the place the inseparable couple has lived for about two years.
For too lengthy, conventional homeless shelters have been off limits to pets, leaving animal homeowners who need to get off the streets with a tough selection. However as homelessness rises within the US, these working to discover a answer are more and more recognizing the significance of pets to weak populations and in search of methods to maintain homeowners and pets collectively.
When given a selection between looking for shelter or giving up their pet, homeless folks will virtually all the time select to stay on the streets, stated Tim Huxford, affiliate director of the Venice facility that now homes Niebur and Petey.
“So we all the time need to cut back the variety of obstacles that we’ve got for folks to get them off the road,” he stated. “We understand that pets are like household to folks.”