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Welcome back pairing puppies with panhandlers San Francisco launching the first initiative of its kind.
The program is titled wife.
And it'll pay for those living in supportive housing.
Up to 300 dollars a month to Foster special needs pads but is this a healthy solution for about parties and talk about it joining us now for a fair -- debate.
Our Kelli Dawson chief co owner of doggie -- And the director for the department of animal care control Rebecca -- great to have both of you here appreciate it.
-- -- when Rebecca let's start with you so tell us a little bit about.
Who is going to be able to take these dogs in and about the dogs themselves.
This'll be for people who are in -- of housing and they will be.
Screened individuals who have demonstrated and a history of at least a recent history of responsibility in terms of meeting in the guidelines in house team.
I'm in treatment if there.
Former drug or alcohol abusers.
Or on medication -- their formally mentally ill.
Living on the streets so these are formerly homeless people not currently homeless people right and the dogs -- would be placing with them aren't that dogs that.
We can't make available in our shelter they need a little extra time and attention.
They've Lanny and I will be a little aggressive or they might be a little too shy that type of dog -- -- we're probably -- -- aggressive dogs are looking more red under socialized shy guys were looking that.
Erratic rowdy adolescents were looking net -- -- Underage puppies that need time before they can be adopted out because they can't be spayed or neutered cat so.
Those are the dogs Kelly so what's your feeling about this you don't think it's again I can't or you do.
I think there's.
-- kind of a collective gasp in the community in the professional dog.
Workers in San Francisco dog trainers veterinarians.
I'm just kind of trying to wrap our heads around what exactly the program is gonna look like and haven't been to -- he -- About -- screening.
Prospective Foster people and -- a regular Foster program hasn't been tried first.
We're -- you want to respond that.
Yet am happy to and so am I think Kelly knows this too we have a lot of Foster programs through rescue groups these are dogs that.
Historically we've given to rescues and -- are rescue partners are inundated as well we're seeing a huge uptick in the number of -- been surrender to the shelter in this economic downturn and they can always take them and and frankly this is a program we are looking at the details and of course the media coverage is it it it appears that would be driving down the median and hand in a puppy off to yeah it does salinas'.
It doesn't selling that's the case and we need obviously more information will come out and everybody will be able to decide for themselves we'll continue to follow what's happening in San Francisco.
You know these dogs need to be adopted and they need love too so thank you both for joining us appreciate it.
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