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Barking Tales

Who are those furry creatures that we chose to be our companions since aprox. 30,000 years ago? Dogs have been part of many aspects of our lives for such a long time, and still there are so many without a place to call home. Barking Tales is a personal project that intends to raise awareness of our moral commitment with the species that once we decided to domesticate to be with us.

Animals have always been close to my heart. As a pet owner and volunteer at the animal shelter at the biggest no-kill city in the United States (Austin yay!!) for almost two years, I have accumulated a series of personal stories and experiences that I visually communicate here.

On second chances in life.

An official program of cooperation between the Austin Animal Center and the Travis County Correctional Center was officially released this week. The program seeks to provide a series of tools and skills to the inmates on dog basic care and training that may be useful when they go back to society, while the dogs socialize, get trained and acquire abilities that make them more adoptable. Each inmate is assigned a dog to train and take care of during a period of time. It sounds great on the paper, and I think it is even better when you look at it in depth. Two beings that are having a rough patch in their lives, give each other support and the best of gifts that you can receive. Trust. They depend on each other to rebuild their lives. They are healing and will not let each other down. There is no judgement or reservations. They are making possible for each other to have a second chance in life, and that is priceless.
I had the fortune to be there to photograph and document the official press release of the dog-jail program on November 3rd. These are some photos of the brave people and dogs who are making it possible. 

 

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