Homeless Man Lives in Car to Stay With Dog

Refusing to relinquish his faithful pet, Luke Male is living in his car after losing his job and his home.

Refusing to relinquish his faithful pet, Luke Male is living in his car after losing his job and his home.

Luke lost his job as a window fitter last month after a disagreement with his employer and found himself struggling to find new work. He had never been unemployed and was stranded without income.

The job loss strained his relationship with his girlfriend, and she asked him to move out of her house –  and into his car.

With no income and his 15-month old Staffordshire bull terrier Elvis relying on him, Luke said he cannot find housing – so the pair are living in his vehicle and getting by as best they can.

“I spend half the time walking around because it’s cold,” he said. “Sleeping in the car is cold too, and uncomfortable.”

Luke has been living in his car for more than two weeks now,  looking after Elvis while trying to find gainful employment. He will do this for as long as necessary if it means Elvis will be safe.

“I lost my job, ran out of money, and split with my missus,” he said. “I sold my TV, X-Box and vacuum cleaner to get by – my dog is all I’ve got left in the world and I’m not going to get rid of him.”

If you can help Luke, email [email protected]

122 thoughts on “Homeless Man Lives in Car to Stay With Dog

  1. That’s what I would do. I would never ever give up my babies! KUDOS for him! His situation will get better, and he will be blessed for his loyalty to his dog

  2. Luke My Dog Lady Passed Away In 2008 , I Know Homelessness , At Least You Are Not Alone Like Me . I Miss My Lady-Dog ………

  3. That is awesome! When I was on my twenties and moved a couple of times it seemed where I went hinged on what ki d of pet I had. I always held out for the rental that took my dog too. A dog is a family member, not a disposable piece of furniture.

  4. I would do the same. May have to! Alyssa I would love to have some hints how you survived. I am 60 too young for social security, unemployed since last year when the boss retired, unemployment ran out. I think we need to have some kind of information network on how to survive homelessness with a pet. Worse yet I think we all of us need to think about potential homelessness even while we still have a job and a home. Like what to do about transportation, camping out, how to survive with no money.

    People think that in the US there is a safety net for this. They are wrong. I actually had a major high-profile national charity that does very well indeed on tax-deductible donations advise me to defraud the federal government by fraudulently claiming disability so I could have an income (I am not disabled!).

  5. I hope his community steps up to help. I’d send money but I am basically teetering on the brink of the same situation.

    I don’t tell people because of the awful blaming attitudes towards the poor. Goes like this, if you are poor you don’t deserve to have a pet. If you are poor there’s something “wrong” with you. If you are homeless you must be a drunk or a druggie or an ex con. If you are homeless you are worthless.

    My bf’s daughter just graduated from a big university and is $100K in debt now. The unemployment in my area in some age groups is over 50 percent. You’d think with all the financial challenges that people would be less condemning of others in bad financial situations. But no. My bf’s daughter caught sight of a homeless man with a dog and said really nasty-like “he should get a job at McDonalds.” You know what, even McDonalds and WalMart won’t hire you if you are homeless.

  6. Please keep us posted on Luke and Elvis. I pray somebody in the UK will help them find a place to live. God bless them!!!

  7. Maybe he should not have fought with his boss and why did the girlfriend kick him out? Maybe he can’t hold a job. Has anyone really read the story????

    1. The boss is not always in the right! I had a boss attempt to strike me on two separate occasions and also kicked at me and threw things at me and then laid me off after hiring someone younger and cuter than I am – then lied to Unemployment saying I quit. I didn’t quit but I was sure desperately looking for another job in this high-unemployment area so that I could go directly to a new job without the “quit.” Did I “disagree” with this boss who tried to sock me in the face? I’m sure I LOOKED like I did and I did tell him his anger really scared me to which he replied by screaming at me that he wasn’t angry (!!).

      It is so sad that many people who have secure homes, good jobs and/or who have money or who are bosses themselves (good ones or even bad ones that are fooling themselves about how their employees feel about them) are so smug and living in their own little world and so ready to be snarky about others that are outside their little microcosm of security. The REALITY of the low paid worker today is that it’s at best unpleasant and at worst dangerous.

  8. I am in the same situation right now. I just ended a bad relationship and he refused to keep the dogs. My family will not let me live with any of them because I have the three dogs. But they are pitbulls and I refuse to take hem to a shelter where I don’t know what would happen to them. So I took all three of my furbabies and am living in my SUV. I can’t find work because I refuse to leave my dogs in a hot car for 8 hours. I will suffer for them. I will make sure they have before I have. I couldn’t be happier living in the cramped car knowing that all my children are safe with me. I have everything I need. The love of three dogs is enough for me!

  9. Thank you all for your kind support and well wishes.
    I am now a proud business owner living a good life.
    Elvis is now 7 years old and a very happy dog!
    Would love to add a picture but can’t on this page.
    The whole situation I was in lasted a couple of months. I will clarify that I was not entitled to any allowances as my previous employer didn’t pay my tax or n.i.
    I couldn’t get in anywhere to live as no where I found accepted dog’s.
    Again thank you all for your support.
    To leave with a last thought our system for helping the vulnerable is flawed.

  10. Thank you all for your kind support and well wishes.
    I am now a proud business owner living a good life. (Luke male property development and maintenance).
    Elvis is now 7 years old and a very happy dog!
    Would love to add a picture but can’t on this page.
    The whole situation I was in lasted a couple of months. I will clarify that I was not entitled to any allowances as my previous employer didn’t pay my tax or n.i.
    I couldn’t get in anywhere to live as no where I found accepted dog’s.
    Again thank you all for your support.
    To leave with a last thought our system for helping the vulnerable is flawed.

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