The vast majority of people who cross paths with a homeless person will not look twice. Between the two available options—ignoring or acknowledging—the former is easier, and so people do not question the alternative. Mark Horvath, founder of the vlog “Invisible People,” doesn’t sugar-coat the reality:
It’s not that people are bad, but if we make eye contact, or engage in conversation, then we have to admit they exist and that we might have a basic human need to care. But it’s so much easier to simply close our eyes and shield our hearts to their existence.
When a homeless person shares his or her company with an animal, however, everything changes. Suddenly they demand second glances, because there is a dog, cat, or other pet who is “suffering,” too. Many place blame on these individuals for subjecting an innocent animal to their hardships. The quote of the day becomes: “If they can’t take care of themselves, how can they take care of a pet?”[…]