Video: “I Am Here” Raises Awareness of Urban Strays


Written by: Phil Monahan

Here’s an amazing video made by two college students in Chile to call attention to the plight of urban stray dogs. Shot in Santiago, the video shows people tying balloons to strays, and each balloon contains a written message, such as “Do not mistreat me” and “Give me love.” The goal was to make the invisible visible and force people to recognize the animals that they regularly ignore.

According to the description of the video:

The original version of this video was made by two college students from Chile that surely did not have the resources to rescue or spay/neuter one dog, let alone all the dogs in this video. While they couldn’t fix the problem and rescue these dogs, they found a way to use the one tool that everyone has to raise awareness – Their voice. And the message is being heard loud and clear around the world. They took action the best way they could to get people to pause and think about a serious issue. Eyes begin to open and the opportunity for change is made possible because of a message like this.

And by giving these dogs a voice and the chance to feel love, they gave them dignity… even if just for a few moments… and THAT is AWE inspiring.

We agree: it’s a brilliant, yet simple idea to help people see a problem right in front of them.

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