This photo has such a big meaning to me.
I’ve known Mr M for 7yrs having met him & his dog on the streets!
He’s had a very up/down life & also let down by the system, been in and out of hostels , slept out for years on the coldest nights always ensuring his best FURiend was the warmest.
When you become homeless one of the the big issues is nothing remains consistent in there pathway living rough. They can be up and down with their situation, mental health, addictions, there are also barriers put up by them , inconsistencies, distrust etc. With Mr M I’ve always remained consistent , Ive travelled with him on his journey of up and down, never turning my back or walking away when he is shouting out in anger on his bad days or his low days of giving up I hold out my hand and bring him up.
I have represented him on many occasions with his housing, authorities and supported his beloved dog with the vet care she needs and NOW with his focus and determination he has got on a pathway of moving forward to a better future. To say I’m proud of him is an understatement and we speak every day on the phone. .
Mr M is now a proud volunteer with DOTS on our Sunday station and he feels he has a purpose and recognised not only as someone that is homeless but as a person that is a friend and a valued member of my team! I believe in him and knowing there is a belief gives you the determination to help yourself move on 🧡
DOGS ON THE STREETS IS UK’s 1st UNIQUE & SERVICE + RCVS REGISTERED VET PRACTICE SUPPORTING THE HOMELESS COMMUNITY OF THE U.K. WITH DOGS ON THE STREETS WITH FREE VET CARE FROM OUR MOBILE VETERINARY SURGERY VEHICLE, GROOMING, TRAINING & ALL ESSENTIALS AS WELL AS HOUSING AND MEDICAL SUPPORT FOR THEIR OWNERS! EST. WITH STREET DOG SUPPORT & CARE IN 2011
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