Though it may be surprising, homeless animals actually outnumber homeless people 5 to 1. There are efforts dedicated to helping both populations, of course, but progress is slow. That’s why activist Amarildo Silva is taking matters into his own hands in his home country of Brazil. By transforming old, discarded tires into cute and comfortable beds, he is able to help homeless cats and dogs and turn a profit.

It all started two years ago when Silva was looking for a way to make extra income using the trash people discard on the streets. Because he had always enjoyed making new objects with unwanted materials, it seemed like the perfect idea.

While scavenging for supplies, Silva realized that the old tires on the street were being used as a refuge by homeless animals in the area. Silva was inspired – if he turned the tires into beds for the cats and dogs, he could help the less fortunate critters and make some money while doing it.

O potencial de um guerreiro está na sua determinação… Portanto liberte o guerreiro que existe em você!!! @…

Posted by Caominhas_pets2 on Tuesday, October 23, 2018

According to Bored Panda, Silva collects old tires found on the streets. He takes the tires home and stores them in his backyard. Once the tires are separated, he cuts, washes, and paints them. Silva also adds a unique design to each tire, as well as writing the name of the animal to whom the bed will belong.

By making the beds, the artist is able to do two things: help animals and make crafts on a regular basis. It has been two years since he started, and Silva has no intention of stopping. In fact, the artist hopes that the project will contribute to a more sustainable world by generating more innovative ideas. 

Following are 10+ photos of the beds:

Irmãozinhos 🐈🐈🐈

Posted by Caominhas_pets2 on Saturday, December 22, 2018

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Posted by Caominhas_pets2 on Friday, December 7, 2018

Começar o dia com a foto desse rapazinho simpático. 🐕#bomdia #segundafeira#apollo #camaspet#pneu #dogs #instadog #pets #acessóriosparapets #preto #sustentabilidade #artesanato

Posted by Caominhas_pets2 on Monday, October 29, 2018

O nome dela já diz tudo.. é uma doçura 😵😋#mel #cadela #pets #camasecologicas #pneu #linda #dogsofinstagram #amocaes

Posted by Caominhas_pets2 on Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Bolinha de pêlos mais fofa gente 😍#pets #fofinha #dogsofinstagram #camaspet #pneu #artesustentavel #caminhadepneu #dogs

Posted by Caominhas_pets2 on Saturday, October 20, 2018

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Posted by Caominhas_pets2 on Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Nino e seu cantinho do descanso#labrador #pneu #dogs #pets #amocaes #amorpet #nino #caominhas

Posted by Caominhas_pets2 on Friday, September 28, 2018

Thor 💓#caminhaspet #pets #dogs #pneu #artesustentavel #lovepets

Posted by Caominhas_pets2 on Thursday, September 27, 2018

Lindão 💓#pittbull #dogs #lovedogs #lindo #amigodohomem #pets #pneus

Posted by Caominhas_pets2 on Saturday, September 22, 2018

E essas fofuras gente?#lovepet #pets #fofos #amigos #dogs #camaspet #pneu #sustentavel

Posted by Caominhas_pets2 on Saturday, September 22, 2018

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Lindooooo… Gatinho pertence a @alencardiaz

Posted by Caominhas_pets2 on Monday, August 13, 2018

A caminha era pra o cachorro mas quem tomou de conta foi o Gato 😍😂 Sr Camila Cristiano mandou a foto .. obrigado

Posted by Caominhas_pets2 on Sunday, June 17, 2018

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