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Homeless animals are often all but invisible, blending in to the streets on which they live to the point that they go unseen and unaided by the humans around them. Globally, the issue of homeless animals is a huge one. There are about 70 million strays living per year in the United States alone, with only six to eight million of them ever making it to shelters.

That’s millions upon millions of animals living on the streets, fending for themselves against disease, injury and hunger, but photographer Traer Scott is working to change our perception of these strays through his groundbreaking book, Street Dogs.

Scott traveled with a group of animal rescuers across Puerto Rico and Mexico and documented the conditions and day to day life of the dogs they encountered as efforts were made to help them.

The results are candid and thought-provoking. These animals are just several of millions who must live a life fending for themselves instead of being cared for by a loving family. With the popularity of purchasing dogs instead of supporting local shelters, the problem will only continue to mount unless we each do something to stop it in its tracks. We can combat this problem only when we diligently spay and neuter our companion animals and adopt instead of shop, which will begin to lessen the  stray pet overpopulation issue. Every dog deserves a chance. It’s up to us to give it to them.

 Siblings

Beautiful Photos Capture the Unseen Lives of Street Dogs

Beach Dog on Roof

Beautiful Photos Capture the Unseen Lives of Street Dogs

Running Mates

Beautiful Photos Capture the Unseen Lives of Street Dogs

Nursing Mother

Beautiful Photos Capture the Unseen Lives of Street Dogs

Daryl

Beautiful Photos Capture the Unseen Lives of Street Dogs

New Arrival at Dead Dog Beach

Beautiful Photos Capture the Unseen Lives of Street Dogs

Surrogate Mother

Beautiful Photos Capture the Unseen Lives of Street Dogs

Cocker Spaniel

Beautiful Photos Capture the Unseen Lives of Street Dogs

Rear View

Beautiful Photos Capture the Unseen Lives of Street Dogs

Bakery

Beautiful Photos Capture the Unseen Lives of Street Dogs

Pack at a Rural Dump

Beautiful Photos Capture the Unseen Lives of Street Dogs

Gumdrop

Beautiful Photos Capture the Unseen Lives of Street Dogs

Senior

Beautiful Photos Capture the Unseen Lives of Street Dogs

Puppy at a Dump

Beautiful Photos Capture the Unseen Lives of Street Dogs

Alpha

Beautiful Photos Capture the Unseen Lives of Street Dogs

All image source: Traer Scott Photography

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27 comments on “Beautiful Photos Capture the Unseen Lives of Street Dogs”

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2 Months Ago

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Kat Kat
1 Years Ago

70 million strays in the USA alone !! The so called greatest country in the world. Without education, the worlds attitude towards animals will never change, it needs to be a generational change to a kinder world, where animals are not commodities and the words factory and farm are never used in the same sentence


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Sandra Serafin
1 Years Ago

Lovely photos of a sad reality we need to work to change


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Olga Krush-White
1 Years Ago

Beautiful dogs and very sad situation in one frame


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Gavin McGavinson
1 Years Ago

Casey Rick Carstens


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Casey Rick Carstens
11 Apr 2016

Lovely pics but so sad

Ineke Jansen-Alblas
1 Years Ago

So sad ...


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Ineke Jansen-Alblas
1 Years Ago

So sad ...


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Esprit Dior Mendoza
1 Years Ago

I was homeless and riding freight trains for over a decade and my traveling companion was my dog. Most homeless people I knew with dogs treated those animals and took better care of them than their selves. They spend all their time with their dogs and give their animals a bunch of love and affection. Whereas someone who has a home and works all day leaves their dogs at home for hours,rarely are at home to give their dogs all the attention they really need and deserve,they don't take them for walks often or just make their dogs sleep and live outside. You tell me who you think has a better relationship and makes the best companion for their dogs? I'd say the homeless dog owner. I got off the streets eight years ago, I'm disabled and I still spend every waking moment with my canine best friend.


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Marilyn Virey
1 Years Ago

Soooo sad ....


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Nippy Mon
1 Years Ago

Poor puppies


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