Homeless Man And Dog Were Both Living Separately On The Streets. Then, Fate Crossed Their Paths…

Stray dogs are a common sight in the notorious Skid Row neighborhood in downtown Los Angeles, as are drug deals and homeless people.

A dog named Dinker was wandering around that neighborhood without a home, while a man named Walter Sanders found himself in the same predicament.

John Hwang
John Hwang

As fate would have it, their paths crossed, and now they’re inseparable.

John Hwang, a Los Angeles photographer who documents the lives of Skid Row, had the privilege to meet this inspiring duo and hear all about their special bond.

John Hwang
John Hwang

“He [Sanders] was just raving on and on about how much he loves the dog. And how special a dog he is,” Hwang told The Dodo. “I could tell how much he really cared about Dinker.”

A year ago, Sanders got approved for government-subsidized housing in Skid Row. The room was very tiny with a shared bathroom, but it was definitely a step up from living on the streets. The only thing that was missing was a companion.

John Hwang
John Hwang

Article continues below

Our Featured Programs

See how we’re making a difference for People, Pets, and the Planet and how you can get involved!

Help Rescue Animals

Provide food and vital supplies to shelter pets at The Animal Rescue Site for free!

Whizzco