The above video (we couldn’t get through half a minute of it without crying) was posted by Sacramento’s Front Street Animal Shelter last week.
Update: A big thanks to everyone who liked, shared, stepped up and donated!! We are happy to announce that we have found a rental home for Robert and Meaty. We will post an update of them in their new place soon.And a big thanks to everyone who has agreed to help foster dogs just like Meaty in the future, the need is huge and the purpose is critical.This man was forced to surrender his beloved dog to our shelter after becoming homeless. Now, he’s hoping someone out there can care for his dog until he gets back on his feet. Robert has a master’s degree, but became homeless after being evicted. He adopted Meaty from our shelter several months ago when he still had a home. Because few homeless shelters allow dogs, he’s been sleeping in his car with Meaty laying on his chest. He refused to take shelter, because he didn’t want Meaty to be cold and alone. Can someone help this deserving man keep the dog he loves? We’ll provide food and supplies if you can provide Meaty with a safe space for a month or so until Robert gets into suitable housing. Please email LRhoades@CityOfSacramento.org if you can help. Meaty is a lovebug, very mellow, and good with other dogs.
Posted by Front Street Animal Shelter – City of Sacramento on Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Robert, who adopted his pit bull, Meaty, from the Front Street a few months back, but now — having been evicted from his home — has been having trouble caring for the dog while trying to find a place for his family to live.
“My name is Robert, I’m 47 years old, I have a family, a career, a master’s degree, a pet – and I’m homeless,” he says earnestly….
Few shelters allow pets, and so Robert has been sleeping in his car with Meaty.
“…because he didn’t want Meaty to be cold and alone,” Front Street wrote in a Facebook post.
Robert came to the shelter to try to find a foster for Meaty until the family found suitable housing, but in the process of making the video, shelter manager Gina Knepp, the Sacramento Bee reported, was moved to action, paying for three nights at a dog-friendly hotel to keep them all together.
Later that week: even better news.
Thanks to the community’s heartfelt reaction to the story, a rental home was found for the whole family!
It is just one story in a sea of sad ones. Housing costs in the area are rising faster than many can keep up.
“I have lots of questions on how we can solve this problem, but I think primarily No. 1 for me right now is reaching out to our community, people that live in Sacramento, to agree to open up their homes for a pet – whether it’s a week, a month or three months – while their human being transitions into permanent housing and gets back on their feet again,” Knepp told the Sacramento Bee.”
Do you live in the Sacramento area? To foster an animal at Front Street, click here!