How to outfit a homeless puppy and her owners?
July 3, 2010 11:53 AM Subscribe
Please help me put together a care package for a homeless puppy and her young owners.
posted by mrsshotglass to Human Relations (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Let me preface this by saying, I am a sucker for dogs. I make it a point to give at least a dollar to any panhandler with a dog.
The past couple days I've seen these two older teenagers sitting on the sidewalk (in NYC) with a little sign about how they are trying to get off the street, etc..etc... The first day, I walked right past them. The second day I noticed that they had the cutest tiny puppy in their lap and my heart melted, so I gave them a dollar. On the third day I went into the grocery they sit outside of and got them a bag of puppy kibbles and a $10 gift card. They were so incredibly grateful and we chatted about their dog and they let me play with her for a little while. Then later in the day I saw them again and they had a couple of grocery bags filled with drinks and food so I know the card didn't go to cigarettes and magazines.
I want to do more for these kids and their dog. I can't afford to keep giving them substantial monetary handouts but maybe there is something in my home that I can share with them? Some of the ideas I've had are small toiletries (purell, sunblock, toothbrushes, etc), clean t-shirts, wet naps to clean themselves up, books, an old dog purse that their little one would fit into, things like that. I'm also not opposed to bringing them some groceries but I don't really know what would be best for them nutritionally (peanut butter maybe?.) And then I realize that they probably don't want to go carrying a bunch of stuff around anyway. What sorts of stuff would benefit them without being too much of a burden?
Also, are their specific questions I could be asking them to try and help them find the real resources that are available to them?
Note that at the moment I'm not really looking for answers telling me that my money is better spent on a shelter or program. I want to help these specific kids.