As a volunteer photographer at the biggest no-kill shelter in the US for almost four years now, I have seen many things. There are always difficult moments and constant hard work that at the end of the day lead to win battles and these little battles turn into lessons learned and get us a step closer to better conditions for the animals. It is this feeling of achievement what keeps us going and trying every day. This is a small sample of what is like being there. There are fences and cages, but there is always hope behind those bars.
Dogs are a very important part of the daily landscape in Colombia. They are always there, either as strays or not, we are so used to them that they become invisible. These are some of those faces who are always staring at us, waiting patiently for our attention because for them, we are not invisible.
Dogs in urban environments. This is how they relate to us and adapt to the life we have created for them in the cities.
A short visit to bring donations to Eugene Bostick and his famous dog train in Fort Worth, Texas. Eugene is retired and has dedicated the last ten years to rescue dogs that people abandon in his property without any external funding. He built a train to take all his nine dogs out every day.
Rescue in places where funding is restricted or inexistent, looks very different from places with a stronger rescue public policy. But no matter how limited the resources are, or how undeveloped the laws are, rescuers in these places are strong and hard workers and are willing to face adversity if it means a better life for animals. This is the case of Fundación Vivatma in Tabio, Colombia. I try to visit them once a year and I have seen the big and successful effort they did to find a land to build their own shelter. It is now a reality. These are some of those moments that I was lucky enough to live during my visits.
These are the hidden heroes behind the health of animals at The Austin Animal Center. Their daily work makes all the difference in the life and welfare of these animals.
I have a personal preference and a soft spot for older dogs in my heart. My first dog, Daisy, was a 7 year old Colombian mix who turned my life upside down during the following eight years together. Older dogs are wise, calm.. they are those gentle souls who listen to you with their hearts and whose body only needs a little more rest than the other dogs. Since I am an introspective person who enjoys quiet time, I have a strong connection with senior dogs, and all of that is thanks to my late Daisy. I found a way to turn this feeling into action by joining the team of volunteers of Classic Canines, a non-profit that promotes adoption and welfare of older dogs in Austin and surrounding areas. It has been more than three years and tons of stories, adoptions, sometimes tears, and frosted faces. It is al worth it. This is just a sample of those magical moments I have been lucky enough to live.