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Managua: A city full of stray dogs

“I am constant” I could almost hear the dog say as it looked up into my eyes from digging in a bag on the side of the street.

My mind flashed back to a conversation I had with my friend before coming to Managua.

“There are dogs everywhere!” my friend told me during a long conversation about what it was like to live in Managua.

After that conversation, I pictured the sad faces of dogs wandering around lost, in pain and begging for food.

Confident and Free

What I found instead was a little different, even though they occasionally begged for food, they seemed to have the street-smarts to know how and where to get it without human help.

I also found dogs that roamed free, without fear and dodged cars, and cameras alike, like they owned the streets they walked.

These dogs were a far cry from the sad animals I had originally pictured, instead they were confident, intelligent and highly well-adapted to their urban environment.

Gathering photos of these street-wise creatures was no easy task. My first trip out to capture shots of stray dogs ended with only two subjects captured, and why? Probably because the sun was high in the sky and the temperature was about 35 degrees Celsius.

The dogs knew how to avoid the heat, some of them were looking for food through bags on the sidewalk.

Help is Still Needed

In an article by Christie M. Rodríguez, the president of Organización Nicaragüense Ambiental, Ilse Díaz said:

The stray dogs are a product of irresponsible owners who do not spay or neuter/spay their pets.”

Luckily, there are organizations and shelters being created all over and they are dedicated to helping these stray dogs.

Like Organización Nicaragüense Ambiental, where young people could volunteer to protect their environment and the animals in it.

Through this organization, Casa Hogar Lucito was created as a shelter in Masaya to take dogs out of the streets.

Aditionally, Fundaccion ADAN is an organization that works to help support strays in various ways in Managua.

Other organizations, like Global Strays, offers foreign financial help to collaborate with groups already working with stray dogs.

Moreover, it is a good thing that these resources are becoming more accessible, because these stray dogs really are constant fixtures in the neighborhoods of Nicaragua.

Collaboration with Akasha Walker

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