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Coming soon to a late-night monologue near you: ‘pups for panhandlers’

Monday, July 16, 2012

Latest San Francisco story to provide comic relief for a national audience: The city’s idea to pay panhandlers to take care of unwanted puppies. It’s under fire from animal rights activists, PETA in particular, which calls the proposed program with the acronym WOOF (keep reading) “a disastrous plan that will come back to haunt the city.”

From the Chronicle:

Former San Francisco Supervisor Bevan Dufty, now the mayor's homelessness chief, recently announced the pilot program - dubbed Wonderful Opportunities for Occupants and Fidos, or WOOF - to have panhandlers living in city-funded supportive housing give up begging. In exchange, they would get $50- to $75-a-week stipends to become foster parents for puppies that might otherwise be euthanized at the city's animal shelter.


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