Prepolna zavetišča, premalo hrane in prostora, je aktualna tema že nekaj časa. Samo v Sloveniji vsako leto sprejmejo v zavetišča več tisoč psov. Situacija v krajih južno od nas je pa zaradi velikega števila uličnih psov še veliko slabša. Kastracija in sterilizacija sta eden izmed najcenejših in enostavnejših načinov za zmanjšanje neželjenih mladičkov. Ljudje namesto tega mladičke raje zavržejo. Nekaterim izmed teh se uspe rešiti in priti v topel dom. Vendar imajo posledice – strahove. Serija fotografij zajema zgodbe psov in lastnikov, ki jim je uspelo.
Overcrowded dog shelters, lack of food and space have been a pressing issue for quite some time now. In Slovenia alone, thousands of dogs are admitted to animal shelters each year, and the situation south of the Slovenian border is even worse due to a large number of stray dogs. Although castration and sterilization are a cheap and easy method of reducing the number of unwanted puppies, people still rather leave the little ones on the streets, starve them out or shoot them. Some pups manage to get saved and come to a loving home. But they do not escape the consequences – the fears – and their owners work hard to overcome it. The series of photographs comprises portraits of dogs that have achieved that and their stories.
Anja in Tara
Tarina preteklost je skrivnostna. Dobili so jo sestradano in še danes se boji moških s kapo, lopat in palic. Predvidevajo, da je bila večkrat tepena. Tara je v postopku socizalizacije, vendar jo čaka še dolga pot.
Tara has a mysterious past. She was found starved and has till this day a fear of men wearing a cap and carrying a shovel or sticks. It is assumed that she had been beaten several times. Tara has been adjusting to a better life and Anja has begun socializing her to various people.
Maja in Drina
Drina je rešena iz bosanskega zavetišča, kamor so jo pripeljali iz ulice. V zavetišču sta se skupaj z bratom iz dneva v dan borila za hrano, dokler ju niso ločili in Drino pripeljali v Slovenijo k Maji in Mihu. Njen brat je borbal še eno leto, dokler se ni tudi njemu posvetila sreča in je bil posvojen v slovenski družini.
Drina is a rescue dog from an animal shelter in Bosnia, where she came from the streets. Since the shelter was overcrowded, she and her brother had to fight for food day after day. She was then taken to Slovenia to new owners, while her brother stayed in the shelter fighting for food and existence for another year, until a Slovenian family took him in.
Ada in Gemma
Gemma je ulični pes Sicilije, kjer je hodila po turističnih kampih v iskanju kakšnega ostanka hrane. Med drugim tudi do Ade in njene družine. Oskrbovalci parka so to opazili in jo odpeljali daleč stran. Čez nekaj dni, se je psica vidno utrujena vrnila in jih čakala, da se vrnejo iz plaže. Njen trud je bil poplačan, saj se je Adina družina odločila, da jo sprejmejo medse.
Gemma is a street dog from Sicily where she walked through tourist camps searching for food. She also came to Ada and her family until she was forcefully taken away by camp managers. A few days later the family found Gemma in the morning waiting in front of their trailer visibly tired. They decided to sneak her across the border and accept her as their new family member
Lara in Looney
Looney je imela bolečno preteklost. Prvi lastniki so jo tepli, zlomili rep, porezali in ji pustili premajhno ovratnico, ki se ji je boleče vrasla v kožo. Vendar je borka in zdržala pritiske, dokler jo ni našla in posvojila Lara, ki se še vedno bori z njenimi strahovi in jo socializira.
Looney’s first owners beat her, broke her tail, cut her and gave her a collar that was too small which painfully grew into her skin. Now, she is a fighter fighting for the food she did not have before. Lara is still battling Looney’s fears and is socializing her.
Alja in Misty
Misty, s poškodovanim očesom – nekdo ji je v oko zapičil nekaj ostrega, romi je nikakor niso hoteli predati prostovoljcem, ki so jo bili pripravljeni pozdraviti. Nakar so prostovoljci v Banji Luki čakali do trenutka, ko je poškodovana psica stopila na cesto, jo zgrabli in odnesli veterinarju. Takrat je Alja slišala njeno zgodbo in se odpravila ponjo. Alja zgodbi dodaja moto: “Sometimes you’ve got to go through Hell to get to Heaven.”
Misty has a damaged eye – someone stabbed her in the eye with a sharp object and the Roma refused to hand her over to volunteers who were willing to help her. The volunteers then waited in Banja Luka until the injured dog stepped on the street where they then grabbed her and took her to a veterinarian. That is when Alja heard Misty’s story and went to get her. Alja complements the story with the motto: “Sometimes you’ve got to go through hell to get to heaven.”
Karmen in Jack
Jackova preteklost ni znana. Najden je bil pri enem letu in pol starosti ter poslan v zavetišče. Tam je iz strahu ogriznil sprehajalce in kazal nesproščenost pri ljudeh. Karmen verjame v drugo priložnost, zato se je odločila zanj. Že dve leti ga aktivno in uspešno prevzgaja, da bo počasi zopet zaupal ljudem okoli sebe.
Little is known about Jack’s past. He was found when he was a 1.5 years old and was then sent to a dog shelter. There he bit his walkers because he was afraid and was in general not relaxed being around people. Karmen is a firm believer in second chances and decided to adopt him. For two years now, she has been actively involved in Jack’s re-education and wants to help him trust people again.
Maša in Bongo
Bongovi začetki segajo na kmetijo, kjer sta bila skupaj z bratcom nezaželjena mladička in se jima nihče ni posvečal, niti skrbel za njuju. Prepuščena sta bila življenju zunaj, brez vsakega zatočišča. Dokler ga v nov dom ni odpeljala Maša.
Bongo started his life at a farm where he and his brother were not wanted so no one took care of them or paid any attention to them. They were left to live outside, without any shelter. Since Maša and her boyfriend have been taking care of him, they have devoted a lot of time to boosting Bongo’s confidence, because he is still very shy and afraid that he will be abandoned.
Tina in Sky
Sky je bil v času odraščanja dvakrat napaden. Posledično ga je postalo strah drugih psov, kar se je razvilo v agresijo. Tina se s pomočjo pasjih športov počasi bori za socializacijo.
Growing up, Sky was cruelly attacked two times by dogs which left him scared and aggressive towards dogs. Tina uses various dog sports (for example canicross) to redirect his energy elsewhere, and to get him accustomed to the company of other dogs and people.