All Photo © Traer Scott and from Traer Scott’s book ‘Street Dogs’ (Merrell, 2007). Photo’s used by permission of Traer Scott by ‘The Voice of Stray Dogs’. We’d earlier featured here book ‘Shelter Dog’ (Merrell, 2006). Traer Scott is a Rhode Island based photographer and author of the bestselling books Shelter Dogs (Merrell Publishers 2006), and Street Dogs (October 2007). She specializes in narrative and editorial portraiture and animal photography. Her work has been featured in dozens of other national and international publications. This stunning follow-up to Merrell’s bestseller Shelter Dogs features over 90 portraits and outdoor photographs of dogs living on city streets.
Scott traveled to Puerto Rico and Mexico to capture these remarkable and soulful photographs of dogs living alone or in packs on city streets. Since many street dogs were formerly pets, they are often friendly, approachable, and eager to be adopted into new homes. As Scott documents in her eloquent introduction, she witnessed and assisted in the rescue of many of the dogs she photographed for this book. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of Puerto Rican, Latin American, and US organizations, many of these dogs have now been adopted into new homes in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Mexico. Some are being given the medical care they need before they can be permanently placed for adoption into private homes; others will be given life-long shelter in the compounds of rescue centers, where volunteers lovingly care for them.
By documenting not only the plight but also the unique characters of just some of the many dogs she has encountered in her travels, Scott raises awareness of animal welfare causes, particularly the need for rescue efforts and adoptive homes for street dogs. Also included is a mini biography of many dogs featured, with details about their rescue and journey to a new home, and contact information on charities devoted to street dogs.
A portion of the proceeds from sales of this book will be donated to the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA).