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In the city of Campina Grande (Brazil), street animals are more than 500% more numerous than homeless people. Which represents an alarming figure.
A street artist had the good idea to give all these street animals a place where to sleep.
Amarildo Silva, a 23-year-old Brazilian, realized that dogs in his neighborhood liked to snuggle up and sleep in old worn tires. So he began collecting tires in trash cans on city streets, car parks and garbage dumps, and turned them into beautiful pet beds that were both flowery and comfortable.
The young artist began by cleaning, then cutting the tires to a unique shape, then painted them, and finally decorated them with bone shapes, paws and hearts. He also placed fabrics around soft cushions to create a comfortable base.
Amarildo Silva began selling his pet beds to friends and colleagues, then his project grew, and he was invited to show his work in schools and at local events.
Now, the artist owns a growing business called Cãominhas Pets, which you can discover on Instagram. Not only is he continuing to create pet beds, but he is now turning mounds of unwanted rubber into colorful jars for public gardens in his city.
The artist has united two things he has always loved: helping animals and crafts. Amarildo believes that this project will contribute to a more sustainable world and will present even more innovative ideas for generating a socio-environmental impact.
Stray animals are a fluo at the international level, but in Latin America it is very disturbing.
Mexico is the country with the most stray dogs in Latin America
According to the Mexican Association of Small Species Veterinarians (AMMVEPE), 70% of the 28 million dogs living in Mexico live on the street, whether born stray or abandoned by their owners, a figure that increases by 20% year. The country has the largest number of stray dogs in Latin America.