Pet Talk: Portland agencies operate pantries and clinics to help the pets of the homeless (Oregon)

As one of Portland’s estimated 2,500 homeless people, Scott (who declined to give his last name) says he feels safer sleeping on the streets with Bear Dog than he does in a shelter.

Bear Dog, a 3 1/2-year-old German pointer, chocolate Labrador and chow mix, was a birthday present to Scott as a puppy. Now he can’t imagine being without him.

“I’m a lot safer,” Scott said after a snack at JOIN, a nonprofit homeless advocacy organization. “He lets me know when people are close, and he lets other people hear him so they stay away.”

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