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Letters: People living in supportive housing need companion animals too

'I know people who have slept in their cars rather than give up their dogs. I would be one of them, though thankfully, I don’t have to make that choice. There has been lots written about how animal companions help people who need emotional support.'
Kitten cat SPCA

Editor: 

In defence of the need for the comfort of pets, I would like people to consider their own comfort needs. Some like chocolate, coffee or beer. Some need pickleball, cards or dancing. Some would be very uncomfortable if they couldn’t have their phone, TV, or music. 

Some people need animal companions. I know, I am one. I sleep better at night when there is another creature in the house that would wake me up if something was amiss. My dog lets me hug her when I need comfort, which happens more these days as I don’t travel so far to see my friends and they don’t travel to see me or they are dead. My dog gets me out of the house and introduces me to people who would not otherwise talk to me. 

I know people who have slept in their cars rather than give up their dogs. I would be one of them, though thankfully, I don’t have to make that choice. There has been lots written about how animal companions help people who need emotional support. 

So I just don’t understand why supportive housing does not allow companion animals. 

Joan Payne  

Sechelt 

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