San Francisco plans to pair ex-panhandlers with puppies in a program called WOOF- Wonderful Opportunities for Occupants and Fidos. In exchange for homeless folks to give up panhandling, they will receive housing and a small stipend of around $50 to $75 a week. They would also take care of puppies while doing so, giving them valuable skills.
"Ultimately we want to see people live purposeful and full lives, and this is a step in the right direction," Bevan Dufty, director of Housing Opportunities, Partnerships, and Engagement, told the San Francisco Chronicle.
The plan to curb the city's aggressive panhandlers also requires potential participants to undergo a screening beforehand to prove they aren't deranged or hoarders. After that, they receive training in animal care and job skills, the puppy, dog food, leashes, access to a veterinarian, and their incentive in the form of a stipend.
"This comes out close to what they'd be bringing in panhandling," Rebecca Katz, San Francisco director of animal care and control, told The Atlantic.
The project became a possibility with a $10,000 private donation; from there, Katz and Dufty's brainstorm provided a way for the homeless to make social connections and gain job skills.
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peddlers who compete with major stores that pay rent, insurance, payroll, and taxes etc.. The best
of the street people create no problems at all, and may work at recycling. The worst of them use the
streets and parks as a toilet, so do their pets, they create rat infested camps, and expose others to
their disgarded IV needles.
The WOOF program is another feel good welfare program that misses the mark: too many pets remain unsterilized. It's not fair to the animals to have them born into a world where they have no
good prospect of being loved and cared for. Each day the USA kills hundreds or thousands of abandoned pets. If we want to make a difference - forced sterilization is the key.