San Francisco tries to curb panhandling with puppies, stipends

When it comes to tackling San Francisco’s entrenched panhandling problem, City Hall has tried just about everything: laws banning aggressive panhandling and sitting on sidewalks, teams of service providers who attempt to get beggars off the streets, and an employment program to get them hired at nearby businesses.

But it’s never tried puppies — until now.

Starting 1 August, the city — in a program believed to be the first of its kind in the country — will attempt to lure panhandlers to give up their cardboard signs and metal cups in exchange for a small stipend to foster problematic puppies at the city’s Animal Care and Control, making them ready for adoption — via

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