El Vedado, 2013

El Vedado, 2013

Capitán y Canelo, 2015

Capitán y Canelo, 2015

Capitán takes a rest from work at la Universidad de la Habana with his friend and colleague, Canelo. The dogs are part of the Asociacion Canina (Canine Association) at the University. Former street dogs, Capitán and Canelo have identification tags to distinguish them as having caretakers.

Linea y Paseo, 2015

Linea y Paseo, 2015

Many street dogs have friends and communities with whom they socialize. Oftentimes, they will travel in packs and spend the days playing in parks around the city.

La Rampa, 2013

La Rampa, 2013

Street dogs navigate the streets like any Cubans. They look both ways before crossing and traverse seemingly dangerous streets with ease. When a dog is having a difficult time crossing, it is not unusual to find a group of people hold traffic to help him or her across.

La Mella, 2015

La Mella, 2015

In the hot summers, any cool spot can provide a good space for a nap, including outside popular establishments such as this theatre.

China, 2015

China, 2015

China, a member of the Canine Association at the University of Habana, spends time with her friend. Many of the dogs who work at the University live with the guards.

La Habana Vieja, 2015

La Habana Vieja, 2015

Cerca del Parque Victor Hugo, 2015

Cerca del Parque Victor Hugo, 2015

Perrita con Silla, 2015

Perrita con Silla, 2015

This dog comes to the same spot every day. She used to meet a old man, who would spend his day sitting in the white chair, with her by his side. After his death, she continued to spend her days next to the empty white chair.

Rubia, 2013

Rubia, 2013

Rubia was a street dog who spent her days on the corner of Calle 23 y J, near the University. As of 2015, she is a member of the extended Canine Association, working with the maintainers of the public bathrooms on the block.

Perro con una pareja, 2015

Perro con una pareja, 2015

Community, and fostering a sense of community, is very important in Cuban culture. People take care of others, including the street dogs who call the city home. Most people will share their meals with these animals, even when food is scarce.

Calle 4, 2013

Calle 4, 2013

Unlike the street dogs in other cities around the world, the street dogs of Habana are happy, healthy, and cared for. They are treated as commuters and members of the community.

Paseo y C, 2015

Paseo y C, 2015

Paseo y 7

Paseo y 7

Many dogs spend time near local street vendors, like this woman selling cookies, for companionship and the possibility of a small bite to eat.

Paseo, 2015

Paseo, 2015

Bella, 2013

Bella, 2013

Bella and her friend Cristina inhabit the car park at the corner of Linea and Paseo in the el Vedado neighborhood of la Habana. She spends her days guarding and playing among the parked cars.

Cristina, 2015

Cristina, 2015

Cristina spends her days at the Linea y Paseo Car Park. With her friend Bella, she visits with customers and plays with the attendants who work there.

Calle 21, 2015

Calle 21, 2015

Street dogs and pets spend time together playing during the day. As many pets used to be street dogs, they form their own communities around the city.

Negrita, 2013

Negrita, 2013

Negrita was one of the first members of the Canine Association at the University of Habana. The creators of the program took street dogs who lived near the University, gave them identification cards, and "employed" them. Every morning, Negrita showed up at her post at the main gate, greeting students. While at work one day in December of 2014, she fell asleep and never woke up. She is buried at the entrance of the University.

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Bennington, VT Wedding Photographer
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