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Lifelines is a project dedicated to honoring the bond between people and their pets.

This multi-media exploration documents the unique lifestyle shared by people without shelter and the animals they rely on for companionship, protection, and in some cases, their emotional and psychological well-being.

Regardless of the reason for their situation, the homeless rely on their pets for many things—most importantly—companionship. Many homeless pet owners use what little resources they do have to provide care and sustenance to their animal; food, bedding, etc., because their love and reliance on their pet surpasses all other priorities in life, they have little left for their own material needs.

The mission of the Lifelines project is to depict the bond between people and their pets, and document a relationship that has existed for thousands of years across all walks of life. The project’s purpose is to share the images and unique lifestyle of the pets of the homeless with the community of Austin.

These series of images captured by photographer, Norah Levine, are intended to honor a unique lifestyle: The lifestyle of Austin’s homeless; the travelers that have found refuge in this tolerant city; and those suddenly without housing due to economic circumstances—all pet owners whose commonality is a commitment to giving their animal the love and care it deserves no matter what the cost.
Profits from the Lifelines project will benefit the Animal Trustees of Austin’s 4PAWS Program (For People and Animals without Shelter). 4PAWS was established by ATA to provide wellness care and spay/neuter surgeries to pets belonging to the homeless population of Central Texas and beyond.