Carole | Blackpool | UK
There is a depth in people that you can only know through story. We can often make quick, snap judgments about people, superficial decisions about who they are. We categorize people into uneducated stereotypes based on age, clothing, hair, looks, job, car etc. But if we look a little bit passed that judgment, if we dig a little deeper there is so much more, so much inspiration, courage and adventure. We can access a person's depth through a story.
Carole on first glance may seem like an elderly lady with her trolley and cute little dog. You may presume she does ‘elderly lady’ things whatever they are?
Carole helps people. Specifically homeless people & their dogs. I have been homeless and when you have nothing your dog is more than your best friend he or she is often the only thing you have left that feels of any value, the only thing you feel any form of emotional trust with. She feels this, so she helps people by helping their dogs. She has set up Soup kitchens in the past and many other activities all outside of the system, no charities, bureaucracies but that also means no access to traditional funding. Yet, she still raises enough donations and supports to keep helping dogs & people on the fringes of society.
Carole does not just do the easy stuff though, she also rescues dogs from starvation or violence and is known to go directly to people living in squats and crack dens. As she puts it, “other little cozy places” You can offer encouragement and if able, support, by connecting with Carole on her Facebook page Blackpool Street Dogs.
Working Out Loud
1. There is more to people that first glance
2. The lack of support for homeless peoples dogs is a barrier to their rehousing and recovery
3. Animals are super important to people and should always be considered in any interventions and help we build and do