In Photos: Mexico City Dog Shelter Struggles to Recover After Devastating Quake

Mexico City dog shelter Can-geles continues to house about 20 dogs (and one pig) in spite of challenges following an earthquake four months ago.

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In this Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017, photo, a dog peeks out the door of the shelter run by Jair Benavides and Mariam Gutierrez de Velasco in Mexico City. "They are part of my life," says Miriam. "They have taught me unconditional love."
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In this Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017, photo, Jair Benavides and his Wife Mariam Gutierrez de Velasco caress their pet pig at their home and shelter in Mexico City. The pig is called Jacinto and is the only pig the shelter full of dogs.
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In this Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017, photo, Jair plays with his dogs at their home and dog shelter in Mexico City. The shelter is run by Jair Benavides and his wife Miriam Gutierrez de Velasco, who go by their “dog family” nicknames of Jair Solcan and Miriam Luzcan, which respectively translates to “Sundog” and “Lightdog” in English.
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In this Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2017, photo, Mariam Gutierrez de Velasco and her husband Jair Benavides share their bed with their dogs at their home in Mexico City. After the Sept. 19, 2017, earthquake the dozens of dogs and their two caretakers are living in a crowded garage that a neighbor lent them. It may be three months of more before they get back into their home.
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In this Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017, photo, Mariam Gutierrez de Velasco pets her dogs at their home in Mexico City. When the quake struck on Sept. 19, 2017, Mariam and her husband Jair Benavides who run a shelter had 54 dogs in their care.
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In this Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2017, photo, Azucar the Chihuahua, Bimba, the Great Dane, and another pet sit on the family couch at their home and shelter in Mexico City. The shelter has about 20 dogs, and a pig, and regularly take in strays, whose numbers vary because they are quickly trained and put up for adoption.
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In this Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2017, photo, Azucar the chihuahua makes herself felt as she sits on her care taker Jair Benavides's lap, during a trip to Chapultepec forest in Mexico City. About half the dogs in the shelter run by Jair an Mariam are strays awaiting adoption.
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In this Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2017, photo, Azucar the chihuahua takes her spot aboard the family Volkswagen van before a trip, in Mexico City. The whole pack is quite a sight to see when they go to nearby parks for walks in a patched-up old van.
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In this Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017, photo, Jair Benavides has his Volkswagen van fueled at a gas station as he takes his dogs on a day trip, in Mexico City. Jair and his wife Mariam Gutierrez de Velasco take their dozens of dogs out on field trips outside the city so that they can exercise.
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In this Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2017, photo, Ash the dog looks out a window from the family Volkswagen van before a trip, in Mexico City. Ash is one of dozens of dogs that are taken care of by Jair Benavides and Mariam Gutierrez de Velasco at their shelter in Mexico City.
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In this Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2017, photo, Mariam Gutierrez de Velasco nuzzles with her dog Ash during a trip to Chapultepec forest in Mexico City. Mariam loves her dogs so much that she considers them her children.
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In this Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2017, photo, Mariam Gutierrez de Velasco and Jair Benavides sit with their dogs during a trip to Chapultepec forest in Mexico City. The couple and their dozens of dogs are living in a crowded garage that a neighbor lent them.
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In this Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017, photo, Jair Benavides runs with his dogs during a trip to Chapultepec forest in Mexico City. Jair and his wife Mariam Gutierrez de Velasco run the Can-geles shelter where they take care of dozens of dogs.
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In this Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2017, photo, dogs of the Can-geles shelter run and play around the family Volkswagen van in Chapultepec forest in Mexico City. The Can-geles shelter ran by Jair Benavides and Mariam Gutierrez de Velasco is home to about 20 dogs, and a pig, and regularly take in strays, whose numbers vary because they are quickly trained and put up for adoption.
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