Agree or Disagree: The Homeless should not be allowed to own pets


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 You probably have seen this in a city near you. A person, or persons sitting on the street sometimes wrapped in blankets. A sign made out in cardboard, sometimes witty, or sometimes depressed needing change. Sitting beside them is a dog. Loyal to their master, they lay there. Homeless and not knowing any different, are you as a passerby ever wonder if this is beneficial for the dog?

If you are a dog owner, you know there is a cost to owning a dog. There’s the adoption fees, food, licensing, and of course health issues. You may need to train the dog as well. It certainly would seem on first glance, based on these costs, that you really might wonder how one who is homeless can own a dog and treat them they way they should?

However, if you are a dog owner, you also know the benefits of owning a dog. They are loyal, a great companion, and protective of their home and master. They are good exercise as they ask you to walk and or play. Homeless or not, you might wonder how you could live without a dog?

When I was in Montreal, I saw an argument between a man walking on the street and the person on the street about the very same thing. The homeless person actually had a cat, but he was defensive about his ownership of the cat.Stating very clearly that he could take care of the cat.

What do you think? Should it be a legal requirement or a priority that a dog or a cat owner has a home to take them?