It is estimated that 80% of the world’s dogs are street dogs – feral animals that dwell among humans, but not as pets. They sleep on the streets, living in the nooks and crannies of human civilization, and form a rich society that meshes with our own. During the past few years, I have spent months following street dogs in towns and cities in Oaxaca and the Yucatan in an effort to photograph, map out, and illustrate the lives they lead on the streets. By telling stories of individual dogs, I hope to show the depth and breadth of their existence, and call attention to street dogs worldwide as more than a pest to be eradicated, and more than animals in need of saving via adoption. Their ecological niche is a fabulously rich and complex dimensional fabric, equal to that of any wild animal, and deserves our attention and admiration.
In Mexico, these dogs are called callejeros. In this selection are the callejeros from the Centro district of Oaxaca.