Participating in Blog The Change for Animals is something I look forward to. I try to find the perfect story each time. When I saw Norah Levine’s Lifelines Project on The Huffington Post, I knew it was the one to share. As someone who cherishes the bond between humans and their dogs, this project struck a chord with me. Norah shot this amazing series showing the love between humans and their canine (and feline) companions. While the people in these photos are homeless, the love for their pets is undeniable. With help from 4PAWS these pets are healthy and well taken care of.
The 4PAWS program is For People and Animals Without Shelter (4PAWS). This project provides free sterilization services, vaccinations, and veterinary services to the pets of the homeless citizens of Central Texas. 4PAWS is one of the programs run by Animal Trustees of Austin. Inspired by 4Paws, Norah began the Lifelines Project. The Lifelines Project documents and honors the unique relationship between members of the homeless community and their pets.
Pictures are worth 1000 words, but I also really enjoyed listening to what the participants had to say about their pets. Too often people are quick to judge and make assumptions about another person’s lifestyle and ability to care for their pets.
It is common to hear “my dog rescued me.” After looking at these photos and listening to the audio clips, I realize that “Lifelines” is the perfect name for this project.
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About Norah Levine Photography, LLC: Norah is a professional portrait photographer located in Austin, Texas available in Santa Fe, New Mexico by appointment. Norah specializes in portraits of children and pets in their homes and on location. She and her husband have a dog and 3 cats.