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Every week on Thursday, Friday, Saturday until October 26, 2019

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EXHIBITION DATES: August 17, 2019 – October 26, 2019
Thu, Fri, Sat: 2-5-pm
Skid Row History Museum and Archive, 250 S. Broadway

OPENING EVENT: August 17th, 6pm – 8pm
Hear from these pet champions and the visual artists involved in the exhibition in person: David Askew, Helen Kim, Marissa de la Torre, Emma Newton, Diane Prado, Lori Weise and James Gilliam.

Having a pet can be a great comfort if you are on the street. In many cases, it’s also a barrier to getting off the street. Our furry friends can also be cited as reason for an eviction. Fortunately there are a bunch of people and organizations working to address these concerns.

DOGS IN THE HOUSE showcases the work of organizations, My Dog is My Home, Housing Equality and Advocacy Resource Team, Downtown Dog Rescue, and Inner City Law Center, that utilize advocacy, and direct services to overcome the obstacles faced by low income and homeless pet owners. The exhibit will feature multimedia works by artist Helen Kim, photographs by Marissa de la Torre, and paintings by visual artist David Askew. Additional elements include a barkscape, sound installation, designed by Helen Kim and LAPD resident media archivist Henry Apodaca. Settle into a dog shaped bean bag chair to view videos or listen to photo / audio collaged stories of Skid Row residents as they talk about themselves and their pets.

Advocacy group My Dog Is My Home works nationally, (including work in LA), to increase access to shelter and housing for people experiencing homelessness with companion animals. LA based, Housing Equality and Advocacy Resource Team HEART LA, provides legal representation and advocacy to keep people and their animals housed. Downtown Dog Rescue (DDR) rescues dogs and provides services for low income pet owners in Los Angeles County. In partnership with DDR, Inner City Law Center hosts a free pet resource center in Skid Row, providing folks with much needed services, and also works to keep people and their pets together, enabling families to stay housed and decreasing the number of animals abandoned and entering the shelter system.

Read more about each organization and artist below.


David Askew is more than an artist, he is a survivor. Askew’s personal suffering has brought him to the man he is today. He continues to paint upon request.

Helen H Kim (born Seoul, South Korea) is a multimedia artist working with photography, text, interactive performance, and social practice.

Marissa is a volunteer photographer for A Purposeful Rescue, Downtown Dog Rescue, and South La Animal Shelter.

My Dog Is My Home is a national organization dedicated to preserving the human-animal bond in circumstances of homelessness. Our mission is to increase access to shelter and housing for people experiencing homelessness with companion animals.

Housing Equality & Advocacy Resource Team (HEART L.A.) founded by Dianne Prado, provides free legal representation and addresses systemic issues in housing by addressing policies and agency decisions that displace people and their companion animals.

Founded by Lori Weise, Downtown Dog Rescue is an all volunteer run nonprofit organization that believes in second chances for both dogs and people. We rescue dogs and provide services for low income pet owners in underserved communities in Los Angeles County.

Inner City Law Center is a nonprofit law firm that provides free legal services to the poorest and most vulnerable residents of Los Angeles. In partnership with Downtown Dog Rescue, ICLC hosts a free pet resource center every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at our Skid Row location.