Powerful Story of San Francisco Homeless Woman, Her Dogs, and Neighbors That Care – San Francisco Video



Lynda is a precious human filled with compassion and love. She has been on the streets for a long time. Too long! The life of homelessness for a woman is extremely stressful. Lynda drinks and she has a mental illness. That doesn’t make her any less of a person.

Let me start at the beginning. I was on the phone with a friend that works in San Francisco’s homeless services. We started talking about Twitter. He told me about a video he saw online of a woman whose first dog was killed and then her second dog was stolen. He then sent me a link to this tweet: https://twitter.com/barron_ang/status/1129251284794597376

I contacted the woman who posted the video. Angela shared a little more of the story over Twitter along with this link to a news story about the man charged with a felony for killing Lynda’s first dog: https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/market-dog-puppet-kicked-felony-animal-cruelty-12994971.php

I interview Angela at 17:30

I called Angela this morning. Angela is amazing. I wish more housed people would adopt their homeless neighbors as Angela has. When Angela first encountered Lynda and her dog, she was concerned about Lynda and if she would be able to take care of the pet. Over time, Angela saw how much Lynda loved and took care of her dog. Something else happened, Angela and Lynda became friends.

Lots of people love animals. It’s common to hear people complain about homeless people who have pets thinking the dog or cat is not being cared for. The real truth is, homeless people often take better care of their pets than housed people. The other issue that needs attention so there are people who care more about animals than homeless people. I like dogs too but humans, YES HUMAN BEINGS, must always take priority over animals. If you care more about a dog or cat sleeping outside than a homeless person, you really need to readjust your thinking because that’s all kinds of wrong!

Lynda eventually got another puppy. His name is Buddy. Lynda loved and took good care of Buddy. Bathrooms are a serious challenge for homeless people. Lynda needed to use a bathroom and asked a friend to watch Buddy. As puppies do, Buddy got into some turpentine that was laying around. Lynda tried to contact Angela but Angela was away. Lynda then took Buddy to another friend who has helped her watch Buddy in the past. This friend took Buddy to the vet but then refused to give Buddy back to Lynda.

Some of you probably think that’s a good thing. It is not! Lynda needed Buddy, and Buddy loves Lynda. Even the veterinarian told the person to give Buddy back to Lynda. Buddy was loved and well taken care of. Probably better than most dogs! Just because someone doesn’t have a home that doesn’t mean they cannot love and care for their pets.

At the time of this interview, the police were involved, but Lynda still did not have Buddy. About an hour ago Anglea let me know that San Francisco Police contacted her and Buddy will be returned to Lynda tomorrow morning.

I wish I could say that’s a happen ending, but Lynda is in desperate need of housing. You do not have to be a social worker to know she is vulnerable. We need to get her and all the other homeless people in San Francisco off the streets and into housing with the support services they need. To do that, we need you to advocate for your homeless neighbors.

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  1. 2 1/2 years ?hope i can help her

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  2. Poor lady hope she's okay😢💜

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  3. 1:37 am in Al. Watching! This is a beautiful woman! So sorry about your puppy! Prayers going up! Blessings

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  4. How come I don't see homeless people like this when I was in San Francisco? The ones I saw word like drinking and yelling at people and laying on the sidewalk and doing weird things. Where are the ones that seem normal? Or how many of them are actually people that just lost their jobs or something?

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  5. Homelessness is one of the few things that we can actually end , but yet the power's that be choose to ignore!! Like you say Mark, that's no way to live.

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  6. I interview Angela at 17:30 where we talk about homeless people taking care of their pets and share more about Lynda.

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  7. THERE FOR THE GRACE OF GOD GO ANY OF US! HOMELESSNESS SHOULD NOT BE HAPPENING AT ALL IN THE YEAR 2019….ITS A REFLECTION TO HOW BROKEN/DAMAGED THE HUMAN CONSCIEOUSNESS AND OUR TREATMENT OF EACH OTHER IS WAY OFF. HUMANITY HAS TO CHNAGE ITS WAYS!!!!…MAY GOD BLESS AND PROTECT LYNDA WHAT A WONDERFUL SOUL AND SHINING EXAMPLE OF PURE LIGHT THATS WITHIN US ALL IF ONLY WE REFLECTED AND RAISED OUR VIBRATIONS AND SAW WE ARE ALL CONNECTED AS ONE X

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  8. WHAT BLOODY SICK…HEARTLESS PERSON WOULD STOOP SO MORALLY LOW AS TO STEAL A HOMELESS PERSONS DOG!!…SHAME ON THAT PERSON…DEEP SHAME!!!!! HOPE KARMA VISITS YOU WHO EVER YOU ARE VERY SOON!!..PURE WICKEDNESS!!!!!!

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  9. Fucked up Husband. No puppys though.

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  10. What kind person kicks a puppy into a wall, am so sorry Linda you poor thing 💛💛

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  11. Good strong Spirit!! We love You!!

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  12. im going to be homeless again with my dog cuz we are getting evicted and ive been literally stalked by certain people over keeping him. i am lucky enough to have a car but then you get people complaining about that.since so many homeless have access to internet we have to find a way to network between each other for what we need. some of us are higher functioning so we need to find a way to come together and use our skills even if we dont have money. local animal control has always stood by me and said he was better cared for than some house dogs. we need to find a way of making our own society within society and come together as a voice that cant be ignored. we have all had our moments of begging but if we can find a way to network and using a buddy system to meet some needs we would become a self reliant group. churches judge us, govt ignores us and society tries to shun us. we have to stand together and fight. people like this lady need protection, we have to rely on each other to have each others back

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  13. 2:07 am here in Iowa. I saw you earlier and watched the whole time and couldn’t believe what I was seeing. You said you needed to get this video out, so I couldn’t go to sleep until I saw it. I’ve commented before about after I started watching Invisible People, I’m so thankful for what I have and I have an income of $700/month. I was taken off work as I have deterioration of the spine. I worked with Special Needs individuals and loved it. They cared for me unconditionally and a simple hug made them smile. Little did they know how much they meant to me. I have 3 siblings who are all well off, but I’m the black sheep because I’m not. I’ve not heard from them in years. I’m blessed to be in a rural community where I’m able to live in a one bedroom apartment in a Senior Housing Park. I love what I have and live a very quiet life where my outings are to go to Dollar Tree once a month. I wish I could help Linda. I watch my daughters dachshund occasionally and he is the best antidepressant I could ask for. The idea of someone hurting a puppy makes me sick to my stomach. I love you Mark for what you’re doing. You make me smile when I watch you. God Bless You and all the homeless. Be safe my friend. 💕🐶💕

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  14. Prayers sent for Linda,And All Homeless and For All!!🙏🙏🙏💜💕❤

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  15. God Bless you Linda❤️🌷🙏

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  16. #ReturnBuddy let's all help and circulate this video so Lynda can get her support back!

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  17. I can, TRULY UNDERSTAND, LINDA. I LOVE MY RESCUES. ANIMALS, are the *BEST COMPANIONS & so MUCH, COMFORT. ANIMALS give so MUCH LOVE & JOY.

    SADLY, I found the MAJORITY of the PEOPLE, thru my DARK VALLEY 2 be, SERIOUSLY LACKING, in EMPATHY SYMPATHY & COMPASSION.
    Even, 2 the POINT of being MEAN SPIRITED, & 4, NO REASON.

    I so RELATE, 2 LINDA & OTHERS, on THEIR MISTRUST, while DOWN ON THEIR LUCK.

    HATE 2 c
    HOMELESSNESS. But TRULY THANKFUL & GRATEFUL, that this KIND LADY, is HELPING LINDA.

    The MAJORITY of PEOPLE, just DON'T CARE til, THEY ARE in the SAME SITUATION. Even then, it's STILL about, THEMSELVES.

    There are a FEW, KIND PEOPLE who AREN'T HEARTLESS or MEAN SPIRITED. THEY'LL go that EXTRA MILE when ABLE, while MOST WON'T give ya, the TIME of DAY. I call these PEOPLE, the 10%.
    They're NOT the THIEVES, USERS, ABUSERS, MANIPULATORS, *OPPORTUNISTS or those PPL with ULTERIOR MOTIVES.
    It's a RARITY, 2 be BLESSED, with ONE.

    The ONES who are ONE PAY CHECK AWAY or think, that'll NEVER BE ME from HOMELESSNESS, BETTER be KIND 2 the ONES, who's ALREADY in this NIGHTMARE, they COULD EASILY, be Ur NEIGHBOR.

    THANKS 4 SHARING, these SWEET LADIES, SAD STORY. It made me 😭 but these STORIES have 2 be TOLD & SHOWN, 2 WAKE the
    😴💤🤔

    GOD BLESS THEM. 🙏❤💞

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  18. ✨💖✨ANGELA✨💖✨
    Is an Angel

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  19. Did I miss the photo of buddy??

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  20. I want to know if you have a PO Box so I can send her money

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  21. Heart breaking God help her ❤😇

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  22. Do I believe in Karma?
    Sometimes I have my doubts.
    Puzzling.
    Evil bastard.
    In other news Donald Trump is visiting my country and personally I wouldn't piss on him if he was on fire let alone get the red carpet out.

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  23. She is so animated and lovely. Keep going lady!

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  24. I'm homeless in Australia. People are very judgemental.

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  25. I said this all the time this had the fact that this is is always going to be homeless people out here will never ever stop and never no matter how many housing you make how many money you feel like it's always going to be someone who choose to be homeless stay homeless..
    I know people don't want to hear that cuz most we don't hear the truth or reality but it is what it is…

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  26. God Bless this lady, she needs a better life…I am praying that she soon gets a place to live…❤

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  27. Thank you God for people like Angela. My
    Heart breaks for Linda I pray she gets buddy back 💔

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