‘Man’s Best Amigo’

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Aaron Sandoval and Nimi. Courtesy photo from the Espanola Valley Humane Society

‘Man’s Best Amigo’

The Española Valley Humane Society is collaborating with local photographer, Jane Bernard, to create a series of fine art black and white portraits of men with their Chihuahua’s. About once a month, the photographer sets up a photo studio in the shelter’s clinic, and we invite men of all ages from the local community to come to the shelter, with their Chi’s, to be photographed. 

The shelter is actively looking for more men with Chihuahua’s to be photographed. If interested please call Andrea at the shelter clinic for more information: 505-753-0228

Española Valley Human’s mission is to end animal suffering due to overpopulation and disease. Their free spay/neuter surgeries and free vaccinations for at-risk pets have resulted in a 42% drop in homeless animals in the past 8 years, with 82% of shelter animals finding their forever homes. To support and engage the community with the shelter and it’s mission, ‘Man’s Best Amigo’ will showcase the love these men have for their dogs.

This coming June, the Española Valley Humane Society will hang a permanent installation of these images at the shelter. The photographs will grace the walls of the shelter and clinic and be accompanied by a quote that shares what each guy loves about his dog. The exhibition is scheduled to open on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 18, in conjunction with a barbecue and community fiesta. In addition to serving up some good eats, the shelter will share tips about pet health and information about their vaccine clinic and no-cost spay/neuter programs. 

Every year the Española Valley Humane Society completes 4,200 free spay/neuter surgeries and 12,300 free vaccinations for at-risk pets and sponsors vaccine clinics in traditionally underserved neighborhoods. Their goal is to reduce the number of unwanted animals by creating a healthier community for pets, their families, and their neighbors.


Larry Dominguez and Chiquita (above on the right) and Señor Martinez and Max. photos courtesy of the Espanola Valley Humane Society

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