Homelessness hurts more than just people and families, it hurts their pets and it hurts society. Homelessness is the obscenity of our time and our shame if we do nothing.

Because most shelters today do not allow pets many homeless elect to remain homeless rather than abandon their companions.

One estimate puts the number of homeless in America at 3.5 million; no one knows how many pets live with their owners on the street but in 2007 nearly 40% of all U.S. households owned at least one dog.

Nov 15-21 is National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, co-sponsored by The National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness.

This year groups such as Feeding Pets of the Homeless.org and Pet Sitters International are continuing their campaigns to feed homeless pets as well as those in shelters. Find out how you can help and don't let homelessness continue to be The Invisible Disease.