Of course panhandlers are willing to leave their corner and go adopt a puppy if they know there's free cash involved. So it comes as no surprise to us that the city's latest experiment to get panhandlers off the street has been "very popular."
Monday was the first day for WOOF (Wonderful Opportunities for Occupants and Fidos), the program that promises a $75 weekly stipend to panhandlers who train and adopt a puppy from Animal Care and Control. Staff interviewed and screened many applicants before narrowing it down to 10 (pan)handlers who will work with the dogs in training classes before they can be officially adopted.
The chosen dogs are currently not adoptable, mostly due to behavioral reasons, said Deb Campbell, spokeswoman for the ACC. But the (pan)handlers will work with the pups in training classes until the dogs are ready to either go home with the participant or go back to the shelter to be adopted, she said.