The homeless often have nothing but that animal as family. And it truly becomes family. Working in the medical field, the one thing I always advocated for was pet visits. I even snuck a skunk up to the unit once. The lady had a pet skunk and she was so unhappy not being able to see it. We thought she would recover, but something told me to get that skunk in there to see her. Glad I did. Within 48 hours she had thrown a clot and died, but that visit with her pet meant the world to her.