We work to protect a variety of species.

Educational Programs and Films Funded and/or Created by FIAA

Educational Scholastic Program: Campaign of Education for Responsible Pet Ownership

Since 2009, FIAA has done many talks and consultations with various groups in many different cities from the north to the south of Chile, on diverse topics such as:

  • Massive Sterilization Campaigns
  • Animal protection
  • Adoptions and rescue
  • Political strategies to work with the government to improve canine conditions in homes, shelters and neighborhoods (barrios)
  • Elementary school talks on native birds of the city and the negative aspects of capturing wild birds for pets

FIAA has also recently donated to a large number of educational documentaries as audio-visual aids to natural science classes in public schools of Viña del Mar.

Mercado Puerto, La Otra Ciudad: Etologia Urbana (2009): Documentary Film
An extension of her previous work, this film (along with its accompanying photos and book) by Alina Astudillo was funded by FIAA and delivers a vision of the social network of 15 dog clans as an alternative city within the human city of Valparaiso. Identifying the clans and their territories with public signs, the objective of this imaginative and important study was to raise the consciousness of local people to recognize this previously invisible society of homeless animals within their city. As a result many locals took responsibility to care for and sterilize these dogs with financial aid from the city.

A 50 cm. del Suelo (2007): Documentary Film (53 min)
An unusual investigative film with innovative interventions into the daily life of clans and territories of street dogs in Valparaiso, this film was directed and conceived by Alina Astudillo with funding from FIAA. Not only an ethological study, the process involved local inhabitants directly in the day to day survival of these vagabond dogs.

Santiago Esta En Celo (2006): Media Campaign to Publicize Canine Sterilization
A renowned publicity campaign, in which FIAA participated as a sponsor, engaged national celebrities and personalities to promote massive sterilization as a canine population control strategy.

Club de Cuky (2003-6): Educational TV Program for Children
This innovative and entertaining children’s program was produced and funded by FIAA, but created and performed by children under the direction of Miguel Angel Segeur and Veronica Santis in Viña del Mar, Chile, for the purpose of educating children and their families about responsible pet care.

Perro de Utilidad Publica (2002): Multi-Media Event
This exhibition, viewed in venues in Santiago and Valparaiso, showcased the FIAA film Patas de Kiltro along with an exhibition of controversial artwork by Antonio Becerro to demonstrate the condition of dogs in the streets and to raise general awareness regarding their situation.

Patas de Kiltro (2002): Documentary Film (44 min.)
Filmed in Valparaiso, Chile this unprecedented documentary was produced and funded by FIAA in partnership with two young Chilean filmmakers, Alina Astudillo and Guillermo Gonzalez, and reveals little known aspects of the street dog's daily life and marginalization. The film offers various points of view regarding the nature of a street dog's survival--revealing both the beauty and the desperate aspects of their lives, their connections to humans, and their role in the social structure of the city, displaying their vitality and resilience as well as the sadness, neglect and desperation of their plight. The film was disseminated both nationally and internationally and had a notable effect on raising awareness about stray dog populations, especially in South America.

Aprendiendo en Familia a Cuidar Nuestras Mascotas (2002)
FIAA helped to finance and develop a program of childhood education on the proper care of pets in coordination with the municipal government and Department of the Environment of Viña del Mar. This program was presented in 10 public schools through the use of installations, graphic materials, animated flyers and talks with students. The campaign highlighted the history of the relationship of humans and dogs, proper housing, training, medical care and feeding of pets, the importance of sterilization, sanitary conditions of home and street and the sad results of abandonment.