Meet former stray Vladimir, one of six dogs “employed” by the Old Havana Museum of Metalwork. His canine crew is one of several that have been taken in by Cuban state institutions, who offer medical care, housing, and protection from the dogcatcher to previously homeless animals.

Though the pups do serve as de facto watchdogs, most of them have been adopted for companionship by animal-loving security guards, who work long hours in a low-crime city. Close-up of Vladimir’s official photo ID below ... followed by a shot of him and some of his four-legged pals assisting one of their human buddies at her post.

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AP photos by Ramon Espinosa

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