People can be homeless for a wide variety of reasons, often through no fault of their own but as a result of circumstances beyond their control.
There are all kinds of reasons why someone who is homeless may have a dog. the dog may be a longstanding pet and when its owner lost the roof over their head, so did the dog. Dogs provide company to someone, and when you are in the vulnerable position of sleeping on the streets the dog may also offer a degree of protection.
There are lots of charities around that will provide veterinary services for people who have financial difficulties, so just because someone is homeless it is wrong to assume that their dog is being mistreated or neglected. there are many kind hearted souls out there who will also provide food for homeless peoples pets.
People that may feel excluded from society due to their living circumstances may welcome the nonjudgmental friendship a dog can offer, and so the presence of a dog may be very beneficial for them.
The kind of dogs that you may see living on the street with their owners encompasses many different breeds and sizes. Obviously a medium to larger size dog may make its owner feel more protected, but smaller breed varieties can offer companionship and be extremely loyal also. Smaller dogs will require less food than its larger counterparts, but may suffer more from continual outside exposure-especially when the weather turns really cold. Fortunately many charities that offer short term board to homeless people over the winter moths will allow the dog within the lodgings too.
If you see someone who is down on their luck, don’t be too quick to judge that person as an undesirable. In a former life the homeless person may have been a very successful business person with a happy family, who has hit on hard times. Many people who live on the streets may suffer from some sort of mental distress, either as a prelude to their homeless condition or as a result of hardships incurred through living on the streets.