What happens to a pet when someone is homeless? Well, first of all, more often than not, their pet is all that they have. Many of the homeless shelters are not capable of taking in dogs… and for good reasons-many don’t have their vaccinations up to date, people who are in the shelters may have allergies to dogs and some are afraid of dogs.
We have been blessed with a rescue group that helps us with these situations. When I know of families that have pets, I contact the rescue group, and the dogs are placed in a kennel at an undisclosed location, and if the dogs are smaller, the group has people that will keep the dog until the owner has a place to stay.
Being homeless not only affects the families, it affects the pets as well. Just wanted to post this. It is on my heart.
When helping the less fortunate, there are resources that are available. Many people think that they have to “shoulder the burden” to help those who are in need. Having worked with the less fortunate for more than 20 years, I can say that I finally have a list of resources; however, I hope that the list continues to grow. I really wish that all of the churches, homeless shelter and other organizations could come together and help….it would be incredible. It seems like everybody is doing their own thing, and then the people that we are helping take advantage and go from church to shelters and other organizations to get help, and then some of the people that we are helping, are selling what was given to them on the street. I wish in a perfect world, we could all work together…with all the resources that are available. Just a thought….
Just because we only meet once a month doesn’t mean that we are not aware of the needs of our friends. Just in the past two weeks we have helped a woman who was recently released from prison with clothes because women don’t have a wardrobe when they come out of prison. Another one of our friends who lives under a bridge was in need of undergarments and clothes, and we helped her get clothing. There was a family of five living in a van, and we were contacted (yay) to see what we could do to help them. We filled their van up, encouraged them to fill out housing pre-application forms, so that hopefully they will have housing hopefully by the end of this week. Another couple that moved to Wichita Falls heard about Church Without Walls, and we got to visit with them, and we will help them get their water turned on. There are needs every day that we get to help the people with and encourage and try to empower them. Tomorrow I will be taking one of our friends, that was on the street for many years, but now is at an assisted living facility, to look at dogs because his doctor said he needed one for his anxiety. How cool is that? I get to take him and help him choose a dog!!!! I am so blessed to be able to do this, and I love it. Thank you for reading this! May you have an incredible, God-filled day!
Today is Church Without Walls!!! It is my favorite day of the month!!! I love seeing all of my friends together. But, don’t think for a minute that this is the only time that we minister. We are out on the streets every day meeting the needs of our friends. Church Without Walls has been so blessed, and we are here to serve our friends. Jesus was the example of the greatest servant, and I want to be like him. I love you all, and I thank you that I get to be blessed today especially. Love, Candi