New Shelter to Give Homeless Dogs AND Humans a Second Chance

New Shelter to Give Homeless Dogs AND Humans a Second Chance

It’s a something most of us have encountered hundreds of times in our lives: a homeless person sitting on a sidewalk or by the road with a cardboard sign and cup, asking for money. Many times they’ve a companion animal; a dog or cat.

Some of us look down or away, others toss money into the cup because we assume the pets are badly neglected or impoverished. But more times than not, the homeless pets are in better shape than their human companions. One thing is clear however; the bond between a homeless person and their animal companion is strong and unwavering.

Articles have been written about the topic, documentaries have been made and even University of Colorado professor Leslie Irvine, who has studied the relationship throughout her entire career, named her book, “My Dog Always Eats First.”

Last year, Brazilian resident Glenn Greenwald and his partner David Miranda, who own a large brood of nearly 30 rescue dogs, wanted to further explore and support the powerful bond between the homeless and their companion animals. Thus they developed a plan for a new type of animal shelter; a place staffed exclusively by homeless individuals living on the streets with their pets who have expressed sympathy for animals in need.

Greenwald has written about the idea and said, “the core idea is that the animal shelter will perform many of the functions of traditional shelters: rescue animals in need, provide them medical care and work to place them with suitable families for adoption. We also intend to launch a public campaign to encourage animal adoptions, and create a centralized website for people who lose their animals and people who find animals to access one another.”

The goal of the shelter is “to simultaneously empower and improve the lives of as many homeless people and homeless animals as possible. We hope — and genuinely believe — that the success of this project can serve as a model, a template, for inspiring similar shelters in other cities around the world,” said Greenwald.

The next step is raising funds for the shelter. The couple estimates that medical care for the animals, salaries for the homeless employees and cost for purchasing or renting a shelter will be roughly $250,000 USD. Nearly $27,000 USD has been raised thus far but help is still needed. To learn more about the shelter or to donate, visit Greenwald’s page.


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  1. Julie Fowles

    I do think homeless ppl should be given second chance especially when they ave cat or dog ,we don’t know there circumstances an what’s happened in there life ,so yeah i do think they deserve second chance.xx

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    • Jordan

      Wow a?simple minded person let me break down some real life sht to you. Im homeless with a 2yr old rottwielder whose my therapy dog i had everything but due to a accident at work i lost it all and now im disabled due to accident and been homeless ever since cant get shelter cause?of my dog im in the unionbit cant work have no income due to i cant collect unemployment or workmans comp due to jones act so now im in the streets?since 2016….. all im saying is this can happen to anyone at any givin moment!!

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  2. cheri woods

    Heartwarming. They look so content.

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  3. MS

    Excellent idea — it’s a beautiful location — together, the humans and the animals will create a life together going forward — animals must be taken care of by humans — thank you to all who are participating in this noble cause — doctors, caretakers, donors — thank you.

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  4. Raymond Marrero

    I am home less and have been for the past year i lived in my car but the transmition blew out. So o gave it away now i am sleeping under a bridge or a park or a side place i need help

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  5. Tiffani

    I’m currently homeless again for the 2nd time in my life and I am on my own and I have with me my 5 wonderful dogs whom I’m not giving up cause there all I have to keep strong day by day. The homeless coordinator out here is doing nothing to help me out cause I have a high risk medical condition which is stage 1 internal lupus and he knows this. I’m needing emergency help to get back into a motel room till the 1st of the month. Can someone please help me.

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  6. Nina

    It is difficult for the homeless who have four footed family the fur babies are a special link a lifeline if you will would love to hear how all this is working out there are people near me who want to try to start something like this any help or information as to how to go about it would be appreciated greatly

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  7. Jenifer White

    I’m getting kicked out I have a dog his name is boogie. I have no money nowhere to go. Family is gone. Please help me

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  8. betty Dock

    we live in a motel and we draw ssi and we are fixing to get kicked out but we paid the rent for the month and we have pets can anyone help

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