What Everyone Overlooks When It Comes To Talking About The Homeless And Dogs

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?”[…]

Source: What Everyone Overlooks When It Comes To Talking About The Homeless And Dogs

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One thought on “What Everyone Overlooks When It Comes To Talking About The Homeless And Dogs

  1. Your post is very well written and you raise awareness to the very important fact that empathy should extend to all living beings and that we must resist our inclination to turn a blind eye to other people’s suffering. I invite you to take a look at my blog kristinascritters.wordpress.com. It is an animal welfare and education blog, however, there is an overlaying theme of basic human decency and the importance of leading a compassionate and empathetic life and not turning a blind eye.

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