"Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God." Luke 12:6
Caring For All Great and Small
The companionship of a pet has a special place in difficult times. Unfortunately, when someone becomes homeless, they often must choose between their pet or a place to stay. We get to minister to many folks who become homeless and have nowhere or no one to turn to in order to help take care of their pets. There is no emergency shelter available that will allow people to have their pets or emotional support animals unless it is a licensed service animal.
Due to this issue, Strong Life has fostered or rehomed 7 pets over the past year. These animal friends deserve love and care as well. When someone in the homeless community tells us that they can no longer take care of their pet, we desire to show compassion in this difficult situation. The best thing we can do is help their pet find a good home.
A small dog was brought to us in March by a homeless couple who said a random stranger in a car pulled up to them at a gas station and asked them to take this lame dog they didn’t want anymore. Their response was we can’t even take care of ourselves how can we take care of a dog? But, it was too late as the person was already pulling away.
This couple made a homemade splint for the dog who had an injured leg and brought him to us. We took in the dog and kept him safe at the carport of our Men’s Program and began to call animal rescue shelters. There were no vacancies at a no-kill shelter so the guys at the Strong Life Men’s Program stepped up and said they would foster and care for him until we found him a permanent home. They did just that! They walked, fed, and played with this dog they named Lucky as he began to heal.