Based on findings from the INEGI – the National Institute of Statistics and Geography – roughly 70% of the estimated 18 million dogs that live in Mexico are on the street. Some are born there, but many were abandoned by their owners.
In light of the struggles associated with the current pandemic, the number of dogs being abandoned is unfortunately growing. Most are not sterilized, and with this, new lives are brought into the world, only to suffer the same harsh conditions of those already on the street.
Oaxaca is no exception to these grim statistics, however some locals have banded together to make a difference. Local photographer Anna Bruce, co-owner of Rambling Spirits, recently published Perros y Palenques (Distillery Dogs) – a black and white book of her original images, along with poetry, short stories and donated creative work by over 50 artists. The project is rooted in her experience documenting mezcal in Oaxaca, where animals play an important role in the local palenques. It expanded into a larger collaborative work when Bruce moved to reconnect with the local creative community during quarantine.
We’re sharing this book here, and via our current offerings, both out of our deep love for dogs, but also as a means of supporting our community. The proceeds from this book are kindly being donated to two private, volunteer-run groups –Teotails and Canina Caravan – here in Oaxaca.
Teotails helps to organize sterilization clinics in the Oaxaca valley, plus provide education around caring for animals, along with temporarily fostering dogs in need – one of which is a sweet girl that was abandoned only a few blocks from our studio. Canine Caravan helps to rehabilitate rescue dogs and find them the loving forever homes that they deserve.
A meaningful gift for the dog, mezcal and Mexico lovers in your life, investment in these books helps to provide love and assistance to some of the most vulnerable in our communities – local dogs and cats.
This paperback book is roughly 12.5cm x 20.5cm
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