this article of photographer Tou Chih-kang, who for the past two years has been making portaits of dogs in shelters all around northern Taiwan. His are no ordinary portraits. He goes to a shelter, scans the manifesto of dogs set to be euthanized that day, and then takes portraits of those dogs for his photography expositions all over Taiwan.
"I believe something should not be told but should be felt, and I hope these images will arouse the viewers to contemplate and feel for these unfortunate lives, and understand the inhumanity we the society are putting them through."
There is a very, very large dog and cat overpopulation problem worldwide in this time; a lot of articles, newspaper stories and tv programs have been devoted to this topic and its' possible solutions. Government-run shelters do what they can; low budgets and overcrowding lead them to have to euthanize close to 200 dogs daily, in larger shelters this number can be significantly higher. Here in Puerto Rico the dog overpopulation problem was the subject of "100,000", an Emmy award-winning documentary by Juan Agustín Márquez. César Millán, the Dog Whisperer, has written many articles on his website about spaying and neutering pets to prolong their life and control animal populations. Why, after all this press, do people still continue to not take conscience? I have been asking myself this more frequently since we adopted Pepe, the most adorable dog in the world and Ouna's Closet mascot. He has brought us countless hours of joy since we adopted him from the streets of Cayey, Puerto Rico 5 months ago. He was just 3 months old when we found him.