Homeless pets helping homeless people

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - The New Orleans Mission is teaming up with the SPCA to help “change the face of homelessness.”

Homeless clients at the New Orleans Mission will be photographed with homeless animals from the SPCA shelter during a photo shoot designed to shed light on the issue of homelessness.

The photo shoot will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 11, from 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the SPCA campus, 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd. in New Orleans.

The final photographs will be showcased in an art show at the SPCA later this year and two will be auctioned off at the Mission and SPCA’s respective galas.

The personal stories of the homeless individuals and animals will accompany the photographs. This creative project will be directed by Mission Media Productions, a program of the New Orleans Mission that gives people living at the Mission the opportunity to hone their creative talents in film, broadcasting, online media and the arts.

So why team up homeless people with animals? Too often, people are more sympathetic to the plight of homeless, abused and dejected animals than they are with human beings who are suffering under similar circumstances.

The Mission has been engaging in a number of creative projects designed to transform the way that everyday people view the homeless. The group wants people to view these men and women with love and kindness, not passive resentment. After all, they are people with families, hopes and dreams just like anyone else.