Re “Temporary homeless shelter gains support, but many questions remain” (Front Page, March 1): Thank you for your front-page article highlighting Modesto’s efforts to combat homelessness. I was elated to read that those staying in the proposed low-barrier shelter will be allowed to bring pets. Asking people already ill, traumatized or differently abled to break the bond with their pets, who might be the last thread they have with hope, is heartless.
The Stanislaus Pet Resource Center, a community program of Westside Animals for Adoption and Cat Network of Stanislaus, provides information and resource support to people who are housing and income stressed and find themselves at the point of unwillingly relinquishing pets to shelters or sadly having to give them away.
Homelessness is a worldwide problem, albeit stemming from different causes, that must be addressed with concerted, comprehensive, local efforts. Experts are predicting increased people displacement due to climate change, downward pressure on income and housing insecurity. Ignoring the problem, or wishing it out of sight, is no longer expedient, much less humane.
We encourage people to be generous and patient while compassionate solutions are found and grateful that there, too, you go but for the grace of whomever or whatever you believe in.
Augusta Farley and Monica Barker of Westside Animals for Adoption, Cat Network of Stanislaus and Stanislaus Pet Resource Center