Thousands of people are homeless and living on the streets, but often they are not alone. Many of them live outside with their dogs, faithful companions to people who are often overlooked, ignored, or ostracized by society. These dogs provide the homeless with love, and one rescue group decided to do something good for the dogs this holiday season.
This season, members of the RSPCA of England and Wales are walking the streets and handing out special waterproof coats for the dogs of the homeless. Often the temperatures drop below ten degrees in the wintertime, and the hope is that these coats will give the dogs some extra warmth and protection while providing their owners some peace of mind.
“While we can’t help all of them, we wanted to do something to show some kindness during these winter months,” said Amy Quirk, director of field operations for the RSPCA. “As many of these people told us, their dogs are their lifeline and they want to do the very best for them, so by handing out these coats, we are just helping them in a small way to keep the pets they rely on so much happy and healthy.”
RSPCA members will locate dogs belonging to the homeless, then fit the dog with a new waterproof coat to make sure that the right size is given to each dog they can find.
Thus far, both the homeless and their dogs have been incredibly appreciative of the coats. One homeless man noted in this RSPCA video that he was so happy his dog now had a coat because “She’s my ear, she’s my shoulder, she’s my best friend. She’s my protection — she’s everything.”
Thanks to the RSPCA, the homeless and their dogs will be a little bit warmer this winter. Watch the RSPCA video, then share this heartwarming story with your family and friends on Facebook.