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With Lifelines, photographer shines a light on homeless folks and their pets
Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 09:00 AM
All photos: Norah Levine
In this heartwarming photo series, Austin-based photographer Norah Levine documents the chronically misunderstood relationship between homeless people and the pets they love.
The project, called Lifelines, benefits 4PAWS ("For People and Animals Without Shelter"), an advocacy program run by the Animal Trustees of Austin that helps provide veterinary care to homeless people's pets in need of spaying, neutering, vaccinations, emergency surgery and more.
"You can't judge somebody because they live out here," says Pops, one of the homeless people photographed for the project. Even though his dog, Wednesday, is healthy and happy, it isn't unsual for Pops to be on the receiving end of insults.
"I've had people look at me and say 'Aw, man, you neglect your dog,' and then they get to looking at her and they see how big and healthy she is, and they change their mind," Pops explains. "They can't believe she's that healthy with me living out here on the streets."
Watch the video below to learn more about the project and the people featured:
Thanks to a collaboration with audio producer Gabrielle Amstar, these touching photos are also paired with short audio clips that provide a brief glimpse into the experience of caring for animals out on the streets. Visit the Lifelines website to listen to the audio stories, and continue below to see more of Levine's photos.
Maggie and Eric
Courtney and Calvin
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