An incredible 'tail' of love over adversity: Orphaned children of Bangladesh form families with stray dogs and feed them with what little they have in return for warmth, protection and friendship

But when photographer and animal rights activist Sam Edmonds visited the area in Bangladesh he found something remarkable.

A makeshift family had been formed between the youngsters and dogs who had drifted into the Robindra Shorbod park in Dhaka.

With whatever small change they earned - sometimes from scavenging for plastics to trade for small coins - the boys and girls fed their dogs and those who did not return to their tin shacks, stayed with the animals overnight, keeping warm.

This unconventional relationship has been made possible since the country's former practice of dog culling - where stray animals are inhumanely killed for fear of spreading rabies - has been made illegal as of November last year.

Animal welfare group Obhoyaronno controls the stray dog population through a Catch-Neuter-Vaccinate-Release program, says Bark Post. Life for stray dogs in Dhaka is difficult and, used to neglect and abuse, they grow timid and frightened.

Responses to "Orphaned Children Had No One to Turn To Until Stray Dogs Took Care of Them"

  1. assissi3 says:

    I cannot almost bear this. It is so beautiful and terrible.

  2. pilvikki says:

    what assissi said....

  3. growltigerkat says:

    This is a wonderful partnership. We all need love.

  4. Unknown says:

    It is beautiful and terrible at the same time. It is also creative...the forming of families with mutual practical and emotional investments in one another. Survival.

  5. linda says:

    beautiful and sad at the same time! goes to show we can always count on the animals to give us protection and love

  6. Unknown says:

    Absolutely impressive...

  7. Unknown says:

    A symbiotic relationship. It's beautiful.... And sad.

  8. Anna says:

    It is beautiful in every aspect. There is no sadness here only your perception of it. There is joy and the knowledge that companionship can be found around us in the least likely places. Symbiotic relationships exists throughout the natural world, these children have evolved enough to be able to become a part of that. These two species bring, Love, Protection, warmth and joy to each other. Blessed Be.x

  9. This situation should never be allowed in this day and age - but I LOVE this , both for the children and dogs! Bless them

  10. This remarkable series of photos made me cry and feel so grateful for the love that dogs give unconditionally. So happy that the dogs and children have each other for support and warmth.

  11. Unknown says:

    Well done kids and dogs! Heartbreaking though. All.
    ..that includes the beautiful dogs should be warm and fed.

  12. A sad situation turned into mutual love

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