Much like your Tinder profile picture can make or break your chances of finding a match, so too can pictures of shelter animals make or break their chances of finding a forever home. This theory has recently been proved by Florida’s Orange County Animal Services (OCAS), because the organization recently broke a 48-year-old adoption record and they say that good photography played a big part in their rehoming of so many animals.

“In the past, intake photos (which are taken immediately upon the seizure of the animal) might be the only image a person sees,” OCAS told PetaPixel. “But those pics are mainly for documentation, and identification for lost owners — they are not quality images. Often the animal is frightened, injured, and overall doesn’t connect with a prospective family. For a long time, this was the only or primary means of photography some shelters had, including us. A quality image makes the difference in motivating someone to come meet an animal in person — especially in rural communities. Amazing photography, coupled with social reach, have helped us take adoptions to new levels."

Last year, OCAS decided to hire Albert Harris, a former photography volunteer, to directly support the adoption process, and as you can see below, the results are nothing short of stunning.

“Nothing compares to a captivating image,” said OCAS. “We find that people are connecting in a way with shelter animals that we’ve not seen before. Photography allows a family to see the dog’s personality, playfulness and of course – complete adorableness."

More info: OCAS | Albert Harris (h/t: petapixel)

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Sanchit Jain 2 years ago

I usually forget to upvote the images, but this one forced me to remember it and upvote it.

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varwenea 2 years ago

That is a joyful dog. How adorable.

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Erin Hill 2 years ago

What beautiful eyes!

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Sanchit Jain 2 years ago

Mom, I became a fish, wait is that a ball, dog again!

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G. 2 years ago

I want this cat ):

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Sanchit Jain 2 years ago

Once a bad as*, always a bad as*. You can't own be Hooman, I own you.

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Kati 2 years ago

Plsease don't be sad Kitty :(

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Emily Fraser 2 years ago

I would adopt with either picture. ❤️🐈🐕🐱🐶

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Derpicorn 2 years ago

Just adorable! ❤️

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Sanchit Jain 2 years ago

First pic is so sad, full of grief, despair and being neglected. And the second pic, the connection between them 2, is just gorgeous to see and awesome to feel.

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Sanchit Jain 2 years ago

That face in first pic before adaption is so innocent one, and once adopted, this is real me hooman, bow thy race.

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LoneWolfie 2 years ago

Just chill out, dude.

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Auden Meyer 2 years ago

That dog was probably pregnant, and the shelter probably took her puppies away from her :(

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