Homeless People & Animals Together
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This project was conceived of, and is being overseen by, journalist Glenn Greenwald and his husband, David Miranda, a member of the Rio de Janeiro City Council. The couple currently care for 23 dogs at their home, all found abandoned and in various states of distress on the streets of Rio de Janeiro. They have spent years rescuing, fostering and finding homes for many dozens of others animals.
As part of their work on animal rescue, Greenwald and Miranda have expended substantial time, energy and resources working with numerous homeless people in Rio de Janeiro who, despite their severe hardship and deprivation, care for stray animals they found and now live with on the street. Through this work, they discovered that the bond between animal-loving homeless people and their adopted dogs, cats and other animals is both unique and profound, of immense benefit to both.
In 2015, under the Intercept’s film division led by Oscar-winning filmmaker Laura Poitras, Greenwald produced two short films that profiled homeless people who live with extraordinary compassion and dedication toward their animals, accompanied by a long article on the scholarly research that has demonstrated the unique power of this human-animal bond in the context of homelessness:
Miranda, as part of his successful 2016 campaign for City Council, featured animal rights as one of the key plans of his campaign, and vowed to create programs to help both the human and animal homeless populations in Rio.
But the intense, sustained economic and political crisis engulfing Brazil has made this already poor country completely unable to provide any support for its most marginalized and needy groups. As a result, Greenwald and Miranda decided to seek public support to create a new project to fill this gap – including by seeking donors in the U.S., where the strength of the dollar means that even small donations can make a major impact on people’s lives.
What they conceived of is a new type of animal shelter: one that will be staffed exclusively by homeless people who have demonstrated an affinity for animals by living with and caring for their own pets despite living on the street. The core concept is to help both groups simultaneously: create a top-flight animal shelter devoted to finding adopting homes for abandoned and homeless animals in need, while providing homeless people a purposeful job based on their passion for animals, along with a wide array of support to help them exit life on the street and find permanent employment.
We are partnering with a Brazil-based group that specializes in helping homeless people transition off the street. For every homeless person we employ, they will provide temporary housing, clothing and whatever counselling and other support they need. They will work with our employees to help them obtain identification, open bank accounts, manage their salaries, stabilize their lives, and be prepared to find permanent employment. That process will ensure that our shelter can provide vital opportunities to many homeless people as possible.
Simultaneously, we have recruited a group of veterinarians, nurses, and animal rights volunteers to provide medical care for the rescued animals at the shelter, and prepare them for adoption. A public campaign to persuade people to adopt shelter animals will be central to our efforts.
We have raised some initial start-up funding that has allowed us to hire our Executive Director: Francisco David, one-half of the same-sex couple who the Intercept profiled several months ago when he and his husband simultaneously adopted three boys from an adoption shelter.
We have also hired our first homeless person to work with Francisco: Lucas, 20, who we met after he rescued a very sick puppy clearly suffering on the street, and cared for her for months.
But now we need your help to ensure that we have the funding we need to build the shelter and begin operating it. We have partnered with a U.S. non-profit organization, Social Good, to receive donations that are fully tax-deductible in the U.S. The Brazilian non-profit entity which will manage the shelter is required to provide full public transparency for all expenses and finances.
While this shelter is based in Rio, we are particularly excited by the ability of this model to inspire other types of shelters elsewhere, as so many places in the world struggle with cruel austerity and deep cuts in public spending. By tapping into this uniquely profound bond that forms between homeless people and homeless animals, we truly believe something powerful and special can arise from it.
And we need your help to do it. Thank you.
Watch Glenn Greenwald discuss this new shelter on Democracy Now, May 10, 2017
Help spread the word!
[Vídeo em português: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0L6E9dDXFOw&feature=youtu.be]
Este projeto foi concebido e é supervisionado pelo jornalista Glenn Greenwald e seu companheiro David Miranda, vereador na cidade do Rio de Janeiro. O casal atualmente cuida de 23 cães em sua casa, todos achados abandonados e em variadas condições de saúde nas ruas do Rio. Eles passaram anos resgatando, protegendo e encontrando lares para dezenas de outros animais.
Como parte de seu trabalho no resgate de caẽs, Glenn e David empenharam muito tempo, energia e recursos trabalhando com inúmeras pessoas em situação de rua no Rio de Janeiro, que apesar das severas condições de vida, cuidavam de animais que encontravam e viviam com eles nas ruas. Através deste trabalho, descobriram que a ligação entre moradores de rua que amam animais e seus cães, gatos e outros animais adotados é única e muito profunda, de imenso benefício para todos.
Em 2015, Glenn produziu dois curta-metragens com o setor de filmes do The Intercept, dirigido pela vencedora do Oscar, Laura Poitras, que mostravam pessoas em situação de rua que tinha uma extraordinária paixão e dedicação por seus animais. Os filmes foram acompanhados de um longo artigo acadêmico cuja pesquisa demonstrava o poder singular desta ligação entre humanos e animais no contexto da falta de moradia:
David, como parte de sua campanha para a Câmara Municipal, destacou os direitos animais como um dos principais planos de sua campanha, e prometeu criar programas para ajudar tanto os animais quanto a população de rua do Rio de Janeiro.
Mas a intensa crise econômica e política que engole o Brasil tornou o país completamente incapaz de prover qualquer auxílio aos grupos mais marginalizados e necessitados. Como resultado disso, Glenn e David decidiram ir ao público para criar este novo projeto para amenizar este problema - inclusive recorrendo a doadores nos Estados Unidos, onde a força do dólar significa que mesmo pequenas doações podem ter um grande impactor na vida das pessoas aqui.
O que eles conceberam é um novo tipo de abrigo animal: um abrigo que será gerido exclusivamente por moradores de rua que demonstrem sua afinidade com os animais, ao cuidar e viver com os seus próprios nas ruas. O principal objetivo é ajudar ambos os grupos simultaneamente: criar um abrigo de alta qualidade destinado a buscar lares para animais abandonados, e ao mesmo tempo ofender a moradores de rua um trabalho digno baseado em sua paixão por animais, em conjunto com uma série de medidas de apoio que os ajude a sair da vida nas ruas e encontrar empregos permanentes.
Estamos nos aliando a um grupo brasileiro especializado em ajudar pessoas a sair da situação de rua. Para cada morador de rua que contratarmos, eles providenciarão lares temporários, roupas além de aconselhamento e qualquer apoio necessário. Eles trabalharão com nossos contratados para ajudá-los a obter documentos, abrir contas bancárias, administrar seus salários, estabilizar suas vidas e prepara-los para encontrar emprego permanente. Este processo assegura que o abrigo possa oferecer oportunidades vitais para o maior número de pessoas possível.
Simultaneamente, recrutamos um grupo de veterinários, enfermeiros e voluntários para levar cuidados médicos aos animais resgatados no abrigo, e prepara-los para adoção. Uma campanha pública para persuadir as pessoas a adotarem animais do abrigo será um esforço central.
Nós já levantamos um orçamento inicial que nos permitiu contratar nosso Diretor Executivo, Fracisco David, um dos homens do casal homoafetivo - sobre quem o The Intercept escreveu há alguns meses - que adotou três irmãos ao mesmo tempo.
Nós também contratamos o primeiro morador de rua para trabalhar com Francisco: Lucas, de 20 anos, que conhecemos depois que ele resgatou uma cadela muito doente na rua, e cuidou dela por meses.
Mas agora nós precisamos da sua ajuda para garantir os recursos necessários para a construção do abrigo e para que ele comece a funcionar. Nos associamos à organização sem fins lucrativos Social Good, dos Estados Unidos, para receber as doações que serão totalmente dedutíveis dos impostos. A organização não-lucrativa brasileira que administrará o abrigo terá que demonstrar todas as finanças de maneira transparente.
Por mais que o abrigo esteja localizado no Rio, estamos particularmente animados com a possibilidade deste modelo inspirar outros tipos de abrigos em outros lugares, já que tantos lugares do mundo lutam contra a cruel austeridade e duros cortes nos gastos públicos. Ao apostar nesta única e profunda ligação entre moradores de rua e animais abandonados, acreditamos que alguma coisa muito poderosa e especial pode surgir.
E precisamos da sua ajuda para isso. Muito obrigado.
There's still so much potential for growth and we'll continue to provide updates as we develop more. Thank you again!
(Amazingly, a 3-month-old puppy moved herself onto the little farm of our new shelter just days before we got there - she's the star of the video - so she inaugurated the shelter.) The rest of the animals we have & our employees will all be there by September 1, and we will continue to provide updates about what we are doing for both the previously-homeless employees at our shelter and the animals they care for with amazing amounts of love and professionalism:
Mas como descrevemos em nossa última atualização - https://medium.com/@ggreenwald/we-broke-ground-yesterday-on-our-temporary-homeless-run-animal-shelter-73269e0e7347 - este site é temporário. Agora estamos prontos, e agora precisamos, para mudar para a nossa localização permanente e muito maior: onde podemos ajudar muito mais moradores na rua e animais.
Precisamos de sua ajuda para fazer isso, continuar a construir esse modelo que realmente acreditamos que pode inspirar modelos em todo o mundo para aproveitar o vínculo entre pessoas sem-abrigo e animais abandonados, ajudando ambos.
Para ajudar, assista nosso vídeo sobre o que construímos e contribuímos para o nosso fundo:
This is a wonderfully smart initiative. It had to come from a couple of very smart journalist/city council men. Please help out and give a chance to our 4 legged angels who teaches us so much about empathy and unconditional love. Well done Glenn Greenwald & David Miranda.
Excellent idea -- it's a beautiful location -- together, the humans and the animals will create a life together going forward -- animals must be taken care of by humans -- thank you to all who are participating in this noble cause -- doctors, caretakers, donors -- thank you.
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Dear Glenn &David, As an animal rights advocate for many years, I appreciate your engagement in helping the humans & non-humans beings. But after visiting many animal shelters (as part of my job as a consultant in a state legislative comitee in Minas Gerais/Brasil) I have have changed my mind about taking an animal from the streets and caging it for the rest of his life. But knowing you and David a little bit, and admiring everything you do make this world a better place, I am sure this shelter will be a different one, where love and respect are cultivated on a daily basis. So, I would love to know this project closer and help in any way I can. Congratulations and all my respect for you guys!
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