Thursday, August 30, 2012


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6.18.2017 update:
A note about street people (homeless) in San Francisco

They are ever-present and their numbers are increasing in many areas of San Francisco. This fact now has a significant negative impact on walkability in The City. We are not mental health experts. However, from observation over several years, it seems that the private charities and governmental institutions in San Francisco should immediately begin directing appropriate expertise and funds that will provide helpful humane solutions to individuals and reasonable day-to-day service protocols for San Francisco to have -- CLEAN STREETS NOW.

8.30.2012 blog post:
San Francisco WOOF Program

No Panhandling
The photo above does not represent San Francisco’s recently started WOOF program: acronym for a too cute name, “Wonderful Opportunities for Occupants and Fidos." 
One of the goals is to reduce panhandling in public places.

This gentleman and his pet napping in the San Francisco streetscape was photographed nearly a month before WOOF began. The San Francisco WOOF Program started August 1, 2012.

Early Adopters: a pilot program begins
(Excerpt) “Eight formerly homeless people sat in a conference room … It was the first training session in a seven-week course to teach the down-on-their luck supportive housing residents how to foster problematic [and currently not adoptable] puppies … Participants will get a small weekly stipend as long as they promise not to panhandle for extra cash."
If a person does panhandle while fostering a puppy, it is reported that the city will remove the animal from their possession. Some other penalties may also apply.

Some Other Details
(Excert) “No dogs [problematic puppies] will go to homeless people on the streets, but rather to people living in city-funded supportive housing shelters who agree to stop panhandling ... panhandlers who qualify must agree to stop begging, and they will get paid up to $75 a week to foster troubled pups until they're ready to be adopted ...

If it is successful, supporters hope the [WOOF] program will improve the city's image: A quarter of all visitors to San Francisco say their biggest complaint is encountering homeless people and panhandlers. Despite concerns from groups like PETA, the city is committed to a two-month, $10,000 pilot program, privately funded by a local dog lover.”

PETA Speaks

(Excerpt) "But PETA claims that the program would put the animals at risk. They issued a statement which read, in part: 'The city is in essence experimenting with the lives of homeless animals and people …'

The animal rights organization has even offered to cut a check to the city in the amount of $10,000 to put an end to the pilot program. The amount is equal to the [private] grant which is funding WOOF.

City officials said they will not entertain PETA’s offer, and plan to move ahead with WOOF."

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