In an ongoing project, Taiwanese photographer Tou Chih-kang has been taking portraits of shelter dogs in the final moments of their lives before being put down by lethal injection. Tou has been visiting dog shelters for 2 years, making portraits that have given a sense of dignity to some 400 canines in hopes of educating the public on the proper care of pets. This year Taiwanese authorities will kill an estimated 80,000 stray dogs at 38 shelters scattered throughout the island.
Tou's photos will be exhibited in a full-scale show in southern Taiwan in Aug. 2012. He says that while some of his friends refuse to even look at his photographs, others say the images taught them to take pet ownership more seriously. In this photo taken on April 9, 2012, puppies beg for attention at a government-run shelter in Taoyuan, northern Taiwan.
Author: Edecio Martinez
Credit: AP Photo/Wally Santana