Guardians of Rescue provide homeless man’s dog with medical help

For the Guardians of Rescue, helping the homeless in New York City with their pets could be labeled a controversial issue by some, but to these rescuers it’s all about the animals. On Monday, rescue volunteers,  Brian, Marceline and Joe B. traveled to the city where they eagerly distributed waterproof jackets, food, and supplies for the dogs of homeless people; better equipping these pets to tolerate the cold and damp freezing temperatures.Guardian members Monday

“Homeless people and their pets are a reality. Is helping controversial? Possibly. But do we turn our backs and do nothing in the face of controversy? Some might, but Guardians of Rescue won’t. It is all about the animals,” the group posted on their Facebook page.

And off to work the Guardians of Rescue went; filling up dog bowls and zipping up warm vests on fuzzy canine bellies. They listened to the stories, petted the dogs and did their best to provide the basics – much of what many of us all take for granted. When they first spotted Sasha, a gray and white pittie mix, they knew she needed veterinarian attention for a hemotoma on her ear. After speaking with her owners and convincing them their dog needed medical care and she would have to be at the veterinarian hospital for a few days, they agreed. Sasha was transferred  to the Save-A-Pet where her ear is being treated, and while there she will receive her vaccinations and be spayed. She will then rejoin her people who love her very much. They were provided with a cell phone to be able to check on their dog, and have been regularly keeping in touch.Guardian members Monday2

“We know some people may ask why return Sasha to her owners? One, they care about her, and two, they will just get another dog. It would also make it so no homeless person would ever trust us to help dogs again, and other dogs will suffer from it,” explained the rescuers. “Some will say it is a harsh life for the dogs, but there are thousands of dogs living on chains, and tens of thousands of dogs being euthanized every day because nobody cared – all dogs that do not have the love that these homeless people give to their dogs.”

We have all heard that homeless people shouldn’t have dogs when they aren’t even capable of  caring for themselves. While that may be one argument, there are many conflicting factors that should also be considered:Guardian members Monday 3

  • Money isn’t the deciding factor if someone is to be allowed to love a dog or a cat. People who struggle also have the right to be loved and to love. Homeless people are everywhere, and of course trying to help these people and their pets get off the streets is an admirable focus, but these people aren’t asking for us to judge them.
  • Dogs are naturally hardy creatures. Notice that most of the dogs living on the streets, with their homeless human companions, are generally the bigger dogs and the stronger breeds – we see lots of pit mixes, shepherd mixes and long-haired breeds able to withstand the weather and even more capable of curling up with their humans and staying warm. Many of these dogs are very protective of their owners; perhaps a good line of defense when one is homeless and doesn’t have a safe place to sleep.
  • And then there’s the basic facts that homeless people most often don’t die from starvation. Somehow they have figured out how to find food for both themselves and their companions.  These dogs are their emotional helpers; other times the dogs are their links to reality and the avenue some of these people travel through to survive. Need we also mention that wealthy people, working people and emotionally disturbed people who live in comfortable houses, abuse and starve their dogs too?

With all of the dogs who are euthanized daily because they have no place to go, why not offer a homeless person and their dog some food the next time you pass by – it’s not a cure, but there’s nothing wrong with a random act of kindness.

Photos of homeless dogs courtesy of Guardians of Rescue. To donate to this organization, please click here.

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25 replies
  1. pennysdachshund says:

    This MAKES “ONE HELL OF ALOT OF SENSE”! This group of individual’s are really doing a great job , where as, organizations like the Salvation Army, Red Cross, just over look this very IMPORTANT FACT!!! What a Great bunch of CARING and COMPASSIONATE INDIVIDUALS>>> WISH THERE WAS a FEW CHAPTER”S IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA,, WHERE THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF ABANDONED DOGS< BEING Killed at CARSON< BALDWIN<DOWNE"Y!!!

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  2. Barkley's Mom says:

    The homeless have a “harsh life” to begin with. I’m sure for many their dog is the most important thing they have in life. Bless this organization helping these people with their dogs. Take the dog away and what will happen to them, die in a shelter? As long as they are helping provide for the pets, I see no harm allowing them to stay with the humans they love.

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  3. Kathleen Drude says:

    I applaude the work this orginization is doing! My team and I go out once a week and make sure all the homeless people that have pets are taken care of as far as food and much needed medicines and I give them checkups and shots plus i spay and neuter for free! We have had only positive interactions with the folks we have helped! Their pets are so loved and so well taken care of, we have yet to come across anyone who has in any way caused injury to their pet! These people will go without food before they allow their pet to go without! Just because they are homeless doesn’t mean they are loveless!

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  4. Sherry says:

    I love this group and they make good points about why they should help homeless people with the pets they love. After I read this in it’s entirety, I am a big fan of this big hearted rescue crew!

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  5. Becky Harris says:

    I agree whole heartedly with Guardians of Rescue’s philosophy. I know that homeless people will go hungry to make sure their animal is fed. And just like with the elderly and sick, there is a lot of love and caring to be given and received. Great job!

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  6. Selby Yagel says:

    Yeah, let them stay in New York they came to Louisiana after the storm what a nightmare , they were trespassing on private property chasing animals off of the owners land they stole every dog they saw not counting horses and some pony’s,i can tell you the owner of those horses was beyond mad ..they should have been arrested for theft.

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    • pennysdachshund says:

      LOUSIIANA !!! I can’t imagine why the outcry.. (pun intended)!! Good got that POS STATE has just about the highest animal neglect, abuse , torture, abandonment, rate in the USA not far behind West Virginia, Florida, Texas…. you people down there don’t WANT someone to com Snooping at your dogs tied outside day and night, horses, starved, puppy mills,,,,, OH YA!

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    • pennysdachshund says:

      Curious !! What was the condition of so Called Pony’s and Horses!! Were they in good condition or did the look half starved to death, hoofs foundered, manes’ danged mess, OR did they Look like they had owners, that cared for them fed, and groomed them!!! Pictures of said animals would speak stronger than words. Same with the dogs, were they tied on a rope and left abandoned, to starve and drown? were they emaciated , starving, which didn’t happen in a few days!!! Oh yes there is a lot more that doesn’t meet the eye of the General Population of the AMERICAN PUBLIC… follow the sites that save abandoned dogs, cats, tortured animals, etc and see what the PERCENTAGE IS FROM your STATE of Louisiana!!! It will astound you….

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    • mike says:

      They probably were asked to help and saw animals who were neglected that had to be taken from the owners! People don’t tolerate neglected and abused animals.

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    • Dona says:

      Oh shut up….I SAW the episode and these poor horses were abandoned by their owners….I wudda kissed the ground the rescue workers walked on….shut up or go out and help. You don’t know what you are talking about until you were there….

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