My Human Family

The exhibition is travelling to Victoria Parliament House,
to commemorate World Animal Day 2014!

Exhibition Times and Dates: 9am – 5pm, Monday 13 October – Friday 17 October 2014

Presented by Jane Hooper and Nick Baldas
Supported by Animals Australia

“Don’t breed or buy while shelter dogs die”

October 4 was chosen as World Animal Day as it is the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.Since then, World Animal Day has become a day for remembering and paying tribute to all animals and the people who love and respect them. This exhibition will commemorate this important day in October.

My Human Family is a community photographic project/campaign which shares the stories of families who have fostered or adopted homeless dogs, who have often been abandoned, neglected or abused. Through these family photos and stories, we journey with the rescue dog – often starting in horror and sadness but then finding a new human family filled with love and happiness.

250 entries were submitted to the project from across Australia, with 40 images and their stories selected for exhibition as well as featured in a printed catalogue.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said My Human Family’s popularity highlighted the value animals can bring to peoples’ lives, and encouraged people to adopt animals from rescue shelters.

“Pets give us love and companionship, teach us to care and nurture and also encourage us to exercise,” the Lord Mayor said.

“Tragically, some 60,000 cats and dogs are destroyed each year in NSW, mainly due to cruel breeding facilities that churn out animals for pet shops.

My Human Family shows the joy fostering or adopting a rescue dog can give, and how people’s love for an animal can change lives.”

View the My Human Family Finalists Catalogue

Visit the My Human Family Facebook page

If you are interested in taking part in any future doggie projects, please email

Media Coverage

City of Sydney Media Release – NSW Parliament House Exhibition
2SER Radio Interview with Project Coordinators Nick Baldas and Jane Hooper
Interview with Project Coordinator Jane Hooper on Eastside FM Radio
Interview with Project Coordinators on Friday Breakfast 2SER 107.3
Article in Central Magazine about the project
Cover of Central Magazine
Second article in Central Magazine
Cover City News Article in City News

“Homeless” Big Brother Housemate Matt, supports homeless dogs
(My Human Family Exhibition at Qld Parliament House in February 2014)
Matt from Big Brother with Flyer