Hounds of Hope documents daily life at the Penang Animal Welfare Society, Malaysia, where German retiree Barbara Janssen lives with her 250+ rescued canine companions. Many of the dogs have been dumped at the shelter or are there as a result of Barbara responding to rescue calls. The dogs live alone or in packs in one of the many rooms of this ‘fixer upper’ property, each looking for a small space to call their own. Barbara relies solely on the help of donations and volunteers to run the shelter, raising funds and awareness through dog washing days, community events, and adoption fairs. All the dogs are spayed and neutered and provided with the necessary veterinary care, either long term or until they are lucky enough to be adopted. From humble beginnings in 2005 when she took in a couple of dogs at her Penang apartment to 2010 when she set up her ‘hotel for dogs,’ it is clear that Barbara lives, breathes, and, above all, loves dogs. While her efforts haven’t improved the overall condition for all the dogs of Penang, she has certainly changed the lives of the individual dogs she cares for. One of the photographs in Hounds of Hope was recently awarded a prize in the prestigious World Press Photo Awards. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Hounds of Hope will be donated to 4PAWS.
Julie McGuire is a British born photographer and winner of a 2014 World Press Photo award. Her passion for the art began in her teenage years and developed into a full time love affair in 2005 when she and her husband ‘outsourced’ themselves to India from New York City. As an avid dog lover, her interest in their welfare was piqued after seeing the thousands of strays that wander the streets of Asia, and led her to begin a series of photography ‘dogumentaries’ looking at their acceptance and position in different societies around the world. After nearly nine years in Bangalore, she has recently relocated to the Nurnberg area of Germany with her husband and three dachshunds. She is available for assignments throughout Europe and Asia.