Lifelines: A Unique Perspective on the Bond Between the Homeless and Their Pets

I am extremely ecstatic to share a photographic project I am currently working on here in Austin, TX. The purpose of this project is to provide a unique and creative perspective on the deep and joyful connection between homeless people and their pets. The current aspect of the project will directly benefit the Animal Trustees 4PAWS Program (People and Animals Without Shelter) and will be shared with the community in the spring of 2012. Gabrielle Amster (currently positioned as the development director at the Animal Trustees of Austin) and I are collaborating on Lifelines with one another. Our partnership enables me to focus primarily on the photographic process while Gabrielle takes the lead on production and other documentary roles.  

I look forward to sharing more about this project and letting you know about ways to support our efforts in the near future! If you have any questions about this project, please feel free to contact me or Gabrielle Amster directly. (Contact info below).


Norah Levine is a professional portrait photographer based in Austin,Texas who specializes in creative imagery of pets and children. Norah’s work has been featured in a number of magazines and commercially through Getty Images. She is also an instructor at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops in New Mexico, where she inspires others to creatively capture a variety of pets in portrait. She recently moved from Santa Fe to Austin with her husband and their five rescued pets and is a strong supporter of animal and child welfare causes in the community.

After earning her degree in Communications & Journalism, Gabrielle began her career in non-profit fundraising with positions at The United Way and the University of Virginia, most recently serving as the development director for the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society. She grew up on a small farm in New England where she spent her free time riding horses and volunteering at the local animal shelter. Gabrielle feels blessed to now have the opportunity to serve the donors and community of Animal Trustees She lives in Austin with her family, including two pit bulls, a Chihuahua and Ping the Cat.