Homelessness is one of the significant and serious problems in the United States.
Some homeless people live in tents or makeshift homes. Some live inside their vehicles. It’s hard to be homeless in the United States as they do not have a place to wash or relieve themselves.
However, some private organizations help homeless people by providing temporary shelter, especially during bad weather.
One church in Washington state has opened a leash-free dog park for homeless women living inside their vehicles. This amenity gives their beloved furry companions a place to stretch after cramping inside a small space at night.
The Lake Washington United Methodist Church (LWUMC) in Kirkland, Washington, has offered a Safe Parking program for women living inside their vehicles. These women can park at the church’s parking lot at night without having any fear of being sent away by police. Also, these women are free to use the church kitchen and connect to the Internet via Wi-Fi.
What makes this program extraordinary is that they also have thought of the pets of these homeless women. The church has allotted an open space for the dogs to get their daily dose of exercise. They can freely run off-leash inside the fenced park.
The fenced dog park is courtesy of Fences for Fido.
Fences for Fido is a non-profit organization that improves the quality of the lives of the dogs tethered in backyards by building walls free of charge.
Watch the news clip from KING 5 to know more about the dog park at the Lake Washington United Methodist Church:
Moreover, the LWUMC community donates food and toiletries to those who are under the Safe Parking program. They also open the church doors to these women during winter to sleep warmly on the pews.
The homeless women under the Safe Parking program are also welcome to join the church activities.
Thank you, Lake Washington United Methodist Church and Fences for Fido, for thinking about the dogs in your program for homeless women!
Video courtesy of KING 5 via YouTube