Caroline Gutman

The Shelter of Each Other

For San Francisco's 8,000+ unhoused residents, survival is a full-time job. And for many, animal companions make a never-ending reality survivable. "Most homeless people love their animals more than themselves," one pet owner told me. "A lot of times it's what's keeping us alive."

These portraits look at the relationships between unhoused San Franciscans and their pets, showing the strength of their bond. The images try to break the stigma that surrounds homeless pet owners, and homelessness itself.

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