Today’s Special: These Homeless People May Have Better Friends Than Many Of Us.

Five to ten percent of the 3.5 million homeless Americans have dogs and / or cats. In some parts of the country, that rate is as high as 24 percent.

Every homeless person’s story is unique — some have lost their homes and jobs, while others have mental disorders. Some are addicts and others are parolees. There are disabled, elderly, abused, teens and veterans among them.

Pets provide comfort to a homeless person. They are non-judgmental and loyal. They offer warmth and security and a kind of normalcy. In some cases, pets provide a sense of reality.

1. Five to ten percent of the 3.5 million homeless Americans have dogs and / or cats.

They May Be Homeless But Have Better Friends Than Many 'Normal' People.

Five to ten percent of the 3.5 million homeless Americans have dogs and / or cats.

They May Be Homeless But Have Better Friends Than Many 'Normal' People.

Five to ten percent of the 3.5 million homeless Americans have dogs and / or cats.

They May Be Homeless But Have Better Friends Than Many 'Normal' People.

Five to ten percent of the 3.5 million homeless Americans have dogs and / or cats.

They May Be Homeless But Have Better Friends Than Many 'Normal' People.

Five to ten percent of the 3.5 million homeless Americans have dogs and / or cats.

They May Be Homeless But Have Better Friends Than Many 'Normal' People.

Five to ten percent of the 3.5 million homeless Americans have dogs and / or cats.

They May Be Homeless But Have Better Friends Than Many 'Normal' People.

Five to ten percent of the 3.5 million homeless Americans have dogs and / or cats.

They May Be Homeless But Have Better Friends Than Many 'Normal' People.

Five to ten percent of the 3.5 million homeless Americans have dogs and / or cats.

They May Be Homeless But Have Better Friends Than Many 'Normal' People.

Five to ten percent of the 3.5 million homeless Americans have dogs and / or cats.

They May Be Homeless But Have Better Friends Than Many 'Normal' People.

Five to ten percent of the 3.5 million homeless Americans have dogs and / or cats.

They May Be Homeless But Have Better Friends Than Many 'Normal' People.

Five to ten percent of the 3.5 million homeless Americans have dogs and / or cats.

They May Be Homeless But Have Better Friends Than Many 'Normal' People.

Five to ten percent of the 3.5 million homeless Americans have dogs and / or cats.

They May Be Homeless But Have Better Friends Than Many 'Normal' People.

Five to ten percent of the 3.5 million homeless Americans have dogs and / or cats.

They May Be Homeless But Have Better Friends Than Many 'Normal' People.

Five to ten percent of the 3.5 million homeless Americans have dogs and / or cats.

They May Be Homeless But Have Better Friends Than Many 'Normal' People.

Five to ten percent of the 3.5 million homeless Americans have dogs and / or cats.

They May Be Homeless But Have Better Friends Than Many 'Normal' People.

Five to ten percent of the 3.5 million homeless Americans have dogs and / or cats.

They May Be Homeless But Have Better Friends Than Many 'Normal' People.

Five to ten percent of the 3.5 million homeless Americans have dogs and / or cats.

They May Be Homeless But Have Better Friends Than Many 'Normal' People.

Five to ten percent of the 3.5 million homeless Americans have dogs and / or cats.

They May Be Homeless But Have Better Friends Than Many 'Normal' People.

Five to ten percent of the 3.5 million homeless Americans have dogs and / or cats.

They May Be Homeless But Have Better Friends Than Many 'Normal' People.

Five to ten percent of the 3.5 million homeless Americans have dogs and / or cats.

They May Be Homeless But Have Better Friends Than Many 'Normal' People.

Some homeless people would sacrifice their own food for their pets.

And then there is the protection factor. Living on the streets can be dangerous, particularly for the women and the disabled among them.

Pets provide them with security from other homeless, mistreatment and protection from others who may steal their modest possessions.

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