One of our recent photos of a dog named Mallory, in a muzzle, created such a debate. Many sided with the owner and his choice in lifestyle. Others said he should not have a dog if he couldn’t look after himself.
The question is, how do we know he can’t look after himself? We assume because he is on the streets, he has no other options. Has anyone ever stopped to talk to these people? To get to know them as people? To look beyond the exterior which is often dirt and grime? To look into their eyes and actually talk to them?
We do what we do at Best Friends for Life because we choose not to be the bystander any longer. The person who quickly shuffles by not making eye contact in the event they may ask us for help. We choose to get involved and to ask if there is anything we can do to support them. We do this by offering pet food, dog jackets, collars, leashes and other supplies.
And we must say we are so proud of each and every one of you that followers our journey, helps by providing us with donations, or just by sharing our page and stories.
You, in turn, are also helping!
Next time you see someone panhandling, say hi, and if you are in a position to help, ask if they need pet food. They will be the first to tell you if they do or do not, and I guarantee they will be more than happy to talk about their pet too!