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If a homeless person cares for and keeps an animal, is the animal homeless as well?

Asked by tinyfaery (42590points) August 29th, 2008

Sometimes I see homeless people with animals, mostly dogs. The dogs typically look neat and well fed. Would you consider the animal homeless, like a shelter dog or cat?

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MarshallO's avatar

Yes. They are “homeless,” but they have the advantage of being loved by someone.

MacBean's avatar

Houseless but not homeless, maybe.

SeekerSeekiing's avatar

MarshallO and MacBean, couldn’t have said it better myself, so I won’t even try. Hear my applause???

seVen's avatar

No, because it got love and a true home is where the love is.

hollym's avatar

I see them as homeless only if the person is involuntarily without a house (or some sort of semi-permanent shelter), the pets included.

Alternatively, if the person and their pets choose to live out of doors (the new PC term is “urban outdoorsman”), then they’re not homeless in my opinion. They’re just free spirits! :D

susanc's avatar

So good to know there’s a word for the chosen life of the Urban Outdoorsman. So odd that
people assume that other people’s choices are always the result of tragedy or mental illness. So rude. Thanks, hollym.

gorillapaws's avatar

If the term were truly PC wouldn’t it be urban outdoorsperson?

hollym's avatar

@ gorillapaws : YES! :D You’re totally right! But, you know, that whole “huMAN” thing…

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