The More Stories We Tell, The Less Power Discrimination Has
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Mike and Oliver
Oliver and Mike’s relationship is a life-changing one. Sometimes a dog comes into your life who completely changes the direction you were going. That’s what happened the moment Mike and Oliver met.
It was love at first sight when they met. And while some people judged Oliver based on stereotypes, but Mike only saw Oliver for who he was as an individual.
That moment was love at first sight. Oliver changed Mike’s outlook on life and because of him, Mike, who is a celebrity photographer, dedicates a significant amount of his time to raising funds and awareness for animal welfare organizations.
Throughout our time as an organization, we’ve learned that negative stereotypes about dogs aren’t really about dogs at all. They’re about people. The connection between breed-specific policies and legislation and discrimination against people is undeniable. Breed-specific policies and legislation carry with them assumptions about low-income individuals, people with disabilities, and people of color – among many other things.
In a series of videos, produced and directed by Mike Ruiz, we asked people to tell their stories to remind us all that discrimination has no place in the world and that all dogs and people are individuals.
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More Individual Stories
Erich and Pepe
Erich has trained a lot of dogs in his life and each one is an individual. Pepe’s personality made him the perfect match for someone who needed a psychiatric service dog. Pepe is now living with a woman named Carolyn and helping her live a more independent life.
AJ and Mama Julep
Mama Julep is a charming ball of wobbly cuteness. Her wobbly walk didn’t deter AJ from falling in love with her. The pair met after the dog’s previous owner lost everything due to Hurricane Harvey. Julep puts her charm and love of kids to work as a therapy dog.
Michele and Aladdin
Looks, history, and assumptions aren’t indicators of who Aladdin truly is. Who he is, is a dog who brings happiness to everyone who meets him. He and his person, Michele Schaffer, have helped countless individuals look beyond labels and see who Aladdin is as an individual – and undoubtedly, they’ve helped people learn something about themselves, too.
What Makes You And Your Dog Individuals?
The more stories we tell, the less power discrimination has. Help us end discrimination for dogs and people by recording your own #WeAreIndividuals video. Share how you and your dog are overcoming obstacles, challenging stereotypes, and helping people see beyond labels.
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