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Street dogs in Chile get love and attention in urban intervention

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Not every dog has a home. 

Stray dogs or "free-ranging urban dogs" are incredibly common across the globe and -- despite the general affinity for canines -- they're are often ignored. 

Inspired by the thousands who live and roam the streets of Santiago, Chile, two college students with a soft spot for pups created an uplifting and adorable project called "Estoy Aqui"-- which is Spanish for "I am here," seeking to bring some affection and attention to the dogs that are often ignored. 

Caro Pinda and Felipe Carrasco Guzmán wrote out cute sayings and instructions on balloons with black marker and headed to the train station with a video camera. 

The balloons held sentiments such as "Scratch Me", "Hug Me", "Don't Leave Me" and "Play With Me." 

They then tied the balloons to the dogs and let them continue to roam free.

The video shows people immediately taking to the creatures, and heeding the messages printed on their balloons. 

ESTOY AQUÍ Intervención Urbana / I AM HERE Urban Intervention from Felipe Carrasco G. on Vimeo.

There are more than 200 million stray dogs worldwide, according to estimates by the World Health Organization, and certain countries have a bigger street dog issue than others.

In Kiev, Ukrainan dog hunters are shooting or poisoning thousands of the city's some 18,000 homeless animals, most of which are stray dogs. 

A report in the Guardian says the city does not have the means to open enough shelters, and the dog hunters say they are getting rid of the "pests" for the sake of public health. 

In Raipur City, Indiam stray dogs are considered a menace because of the high prevalence of attacks and rabbies. 

But many street dogs are rather docile creatures that have had to learn to navigate traffic in order to survive in crowded urban settings. 

In Romania the street smart canines are being touted as good examples of citizenry in a traffic police safety campaign.

What do you think of the project? How do you usually react to or treat stray animals? 

Feel free to share your thoughts and stories in the comment section below. 

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