A remarkable program at the Pine Street Inn provides provides shelter for both homeless dogs and homeless men.
Anya was abandoned after spending most of her first two years neglected, locked in a garage. Stewart Thorpe spent 30 years on the streets of Boston, sleeping in subways and on sidewalks. When a Pine Street worker first approached him, he was too fearful to look them in the eye.
But something special has taken place between Thorpe and Anya and a handful of other homeless men and dogs in a Pine Street shelter program this year. Anya is finding out what it means to trust and be cared for, while Thorpe and other men in the program are learning how to live again.
“I’ve committed myself to doing something again,’’ Thorpe said. “I’m thinking of something other than me.’’