South America is an incredible place, but it’s got a big problem. Abandoned animals. Stray dogs and cats are roaming the streets in alarming numbers.

I always do my best to accept and embrace the cultural attitudes in the places I go, but throughout South America, I found it incredibly hard to sympathize with the general public opinion on pets. It’s sad to see so many dogs cast aside, mal-nourished, mis-treated, and roaming the streets. In the outskirts of Santiago, dogs line the sides of roads like squirrels do in New England.

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