HomeFirst’s Boccardo Reception Center in San Jose has always allowed service and therapy dogs for its homeless guests. The dogs must remain with the owners at all times and are often in crates next to their owners. Regular pet dogs were not allowed – until now that is!
Many homeless people have adopted stray dogs and care for them. They share their food and love and their dogs return that love as well as companionship. The dogs that the homeless have are often their lifeline that keeps them going.
Homeless people who have pets often cannot go out and look for work or hold down a job because there is no place safe to keep their pets. The Boccardo Reception Center has solved that problem by erecting eight kennels with the generous donation of materials and labor by Home Depot. The homeless can house their pets in a safe environment while they interview or search for jobs, shower, do laundry, get medical treatment or even use the computer lab.
HomeFirst’s CEO, Andrea Urton told The Sunnyvale Sun on page 19:
I’m a dog person, and I know how much joy and dignity they bring to my life. And the studies indicate that someone who has something to live for and care for has a better chance.
These are people living on the street; many of them have found or adopted animals. We’re giving them peace of mind.
You can find the HomeFirst’s Boccardo Reception Center (BRC) at 2011 Little Orchard Street, San Jose, CA 95125. You can call them around the clock at (408) 294-2100. Visit their web site to get directions and bus routes that go there, http://www.homefirstscc.org/our-programs-2/boccardo-regional-reception-center/ or even fax them at (408)294-1400.