Vafa Animal shelter
Organized by: matin mohammadi
Iranian volunteer Rana Ashough and her colleague groom a dog at the Vafa Animal Shelter in the city of Hashtgerd, Iran, 43 miles west of the capital Tehran. Man’s best friend is seen as anything but in Iran, where city workers gun down strays and conservatives view pet dogs as a corrupting Western influence. But in a rare animal shelter in the countryside west of Tehran, hundreds of lucky pups have found mercy, and a growing number of Iranians are choosing to adopt them. The shelter struggles to find homes for dogs, with only around six being adopted each month. Iranians, like many other prospective dog owners, prefer purebreds to strays, something the shelter is trying to change.