People who go to animal shelters to find a friend often miss out on getting to know each of the dogs. But a photographer Rachael Rodgers from Canada is changing that with beautiful 'ads' for shelter dogs.


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"A great adoption photo is a golden ticket to the perfect home," says Rachael. Her love for dogs and eagerness to help them motivated her to begin volunteering at the local animal shelter. She decided to take dogs, drive them to a beautiful location and take heartwarming pictures. The photographer highlights not only the physical features of each dog, she takes time to get to know them and describes they personalities vividly.

Her photos make a big difference in these dogs' lives. Many of them already found homes with Rachels help and many more are still waiting for their soulmates Rachel takes donations to help her continue this important work, you can help her here.

Scroll below to see the beautiful photos of lovely shelter dogs!

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#1 Poppy

Poppy

"This is Poppy. He’s about 4 years old and I was told he’s never been on a hike before. I was also warned about Poppy’s neurological issues; he has seizure episodes that show as him biting uncontrollably at the air. I was thus warned not to put hands or face in front of his mouth in case he has an episode. I immediately witnessed Poppy have an episode in my car... Read More

"This is Poppy. He’s about 4 years old and I was told he’s never been on a hike before. I was also warned about Poppy’s neurological issues; he has seizure episodes that show as him biting uncontrollably at the air. I was thus warned not to put hands or face in front of his mouth in case he has an episode. I immediately witnessed Poppy have an episode in my car en route to our hike (see car video). I had leashed him in the back as instructed for everyone’s safety. I learned a lot about dog seizures this year as our own Denali started having them: they aren’t as serious as in humans, and dogs “bounce back” very quick. It’s scary and confusing for the dog, so the best support is a calm presence without restricting their movement. That was the last I saw of Poppy’s episodes. (He was undoubtedly stressed in a stranger’s car.) Once we started our hike Poppy was ECSTATIC! He decided without hesitation that he loves hiking and me! I slowly let my guard down and we had many hugs. Poppy was really excited to see the water flowing in the creek and took many opportunities to drink. (Hydration is also important after seizures). His balance isn’t great, so obstacles on the trail that may seem small took Poppy some figuring. I could see that what motivated him was getting to me. He’s the sweetest loyalist stay-by-my-side dog I’ve met in a long time. He’s good with cats and likes to play with other dogs (as long as they are accepting of his quirks). Poppy has no desire to hurt anyone, but since he can’t control his seizures, he won’t move into a house with any children. Even though everything I was told about Poppy was true, it doesn’t define him. Yes, he needs a special human who understands his quirk, but he brings so much more to the table than he needs in return. It’s rare that anyone makes me feel as much as Poppy does."

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Calypso poet 4 months ago

Our cat has a seizure disorder. It usually happens in the car. We have to give him Valium before we take him to the vet. I always sit in the back seat with him while my husband drives. If he has a seizure I can prevent him from hurting himself and comfort him as he comes to. He’s blind for a few minutes afterward and has limited mobility. But he turned 15 months and is such a sweet guy and his seizures have gone two years in between mostly. Worth the extra efforts.

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#2 Oso

Oso

"This is Oso. He’s fresh off the plane from Mexico; some will empathize with the rude shock of coming to Canada in the winter. He appreciated my broken Spanish and learned a bit of East Coast English. He slowly took to the snow, but only packed down trails. We moved on from the snowy mayhem at Wedge Pond to a civilized snowshoe packed trail at Mud Lake. We met a... Read More

"This is Oso. He’s fresh off the plane from Mexico; some will empathize with the rude shock of coming to Canada in the winter. He appreciated my broken Spanish and learned a bit of East Coast English. He slowly took to the snow, but only packed down trails. We moved on from the snowy mayhem at Wedge Pond to a civilized snowshoe packed trail at Mud Lake. We met a few kind snowshoers who were very understanding of Oso’s inability to move off the trail into snow that wasn’t packed down. (Oso got pets on their way by and returned the love by leaning into them - he’s a friend maker). This was his first day in the snow, so a little acclimation time is called for. Before long he’ll be loving his winters and speaking Canadian, eh."

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Hans 4 months ago

The eyes seem to have longed for the snow!

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#3 Talus

Talus

"This is Talus. He’s a slow moving gentle giant who loves the outdoors. We went for a cross country ski in Kananaskis yesterday with a harness. I thought I was going to get a free ride hooked up to this boy, but he’s so gentle! I did all my own skiing and Talus trotted along with me letting all the predators know not to eat his defenceless human chaperone. We... Read More

"This is Talus. He’s a slow moving gentle giant who loves the outdoors. We went for a cross country ski in Kananaskis yesterday with a harness. I thought I was going to get a free ride hooked up to this boy, but he’s so gentle! I did all my own skiing and Talus trotted along with me letting all the predators know not to eat his defenceless human chaperone. We uneventfully watched a couple moose frolic in the woods. He was extremely interested in snacks, but very polite. He waited patiently between bites of PB&J, scrambled eggs, and tomato, and delicately drank some water in the car. He barely fit in the back seat, but carefully maneuvered to a nap position on the way back to the shelter (like having a wolf in my car, it felt). "

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Not Quite Infinity 4 months ago

Uh yeah, I'd like one Talus please!

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#4 Homer

Homer

"This is Homer. When I picked Homer up from the humane society first thing yesterday morning, he had a huge smile on his face and his tail wagged like a metronome set to 160. I knew right away that I was in for a great day with Homer. . He’s a little shy when getting into a strange lady’s car, but he opened up quickly once inside. The metronome tail never... Read More

"This is Homer. When I picked Homer up from the humane society first thing yesterday morning, he had a huge smile on his face and his tail wagged like a metronome set to 160. I knew right away that I was in for a great day with Homer. . He’s a little shy when getting into a strange lady’s car, but he opened up quickly once inside. The metronome tail never settled for the whole drive and beyond. Homer just seems to be happy about everything. He brings a trusting attitude and loves to be included. He enjoys croissants very much, but isn’t big on apples. He’s very smart (he’s about 3 years old). . We did two short hikes in the sun and then stopped at Mt Lourette Pond for some rehydration (he preferred the ponds over my boring water). In the car, he alternated between smiling, looking at all the sights and laying down content. He’s a calm happy guy who’s looking for someone to have the best days with. "

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Janine B. 4 months ago

I'm officially in love now. ♡

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#5 Bromley

Bromley

"When I leashed Bromley up in her kennel, she thought she was going for a routine walk down the road in Cochrane (which she was over the moon about!). But Norm from Hamilton (@wanderlost_nw71) sponsored her fuel for a mountain adventure day to get adoption photos. She was in for a day of exploration! If you’d like to sponsor a pup’s day adventure, click the link in my bio. . Bromley loved... Read More

"When I leashed Bromley up in her kennel, she thought she was going for a routine walk down the road in Cochrane (which she was over the moon about!). But Norm from Hamilton (@wanderlost_nw71) sponsored her fuel for a mountain adventure day to get adoption photos. She was in for a day of exploration! If you’d like to sponsor a pup’s day adventure, click the link in my bio. . Bromley loved the idea of the car outside the shelter, but she wasn’t quite sure about getting inside. I got in the back and asked her to join me. No luck. Then I remembered Heartland: a horse didn’t want to get in the trailer because it looked like there was no way out. Solution: open another door. It worked. Bromley was all smiles in the car and calm enough to lie down for much of the drive. . We went on a couple short hikes in the rain and snow. She was very curious about the creek and loved climbing as high up the rocks as I allowed. . Bromley is one year old and loves chewing: sticks, roots, bones, arms, fingers.... she could use some training. . We followed coyote tracks in the snow on one trail. Bromley found an old bone in the woods which she guarded as the most treasured prize. . She wouldn’t tell anyone as I’m not sure she realizes (puppies...), but she’s homeless. She’s living each day the same as the last at Cochrane Humane Society just waiting patiently for her adventure to continue. If you know someone who would love a sweet young pup with a puffy tail, please let hem know Bromley’s tail is the puffiest. "

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Rebekah 4 months ago

What a fabulous description.

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#6 Sierra And Dakota

Sierra And Dakota

"These two big fuzzbutts are Sierra and Dakota. They are best friends and roommates staying @cochranehumane. They have super thick fur - great for frolicking in the snow! They like to take it easy on their hips with short walks and lots of love and kisses (they will take care of the kisses). They are very sweet and love attention."

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WeWillJustSeeAboutThat 4 months ago

Had me at "Fuzzbutts"

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#7 Cotton

Cotton

"Cotton is not one of those dogs who jumps right into my car and pants with excitement about the car ride that awaits. She slowly approached the open door and sniffed with apprehension. She wanted to get in, but she also wanted to check that everything was safe first. We talked about the ABS, the winter tires, and last oil change and she decided it would work. After this very... Read More

"Cotton is not one of those dogs who jumps right into my car and pants with excitement about the car ride that awaits. She slowly approached the open door and sniffed with apprehension. She wanted to get in, but she also wanted to check that everything was safe first. We talked about the ABS, the winter tires, and last oil change and she decided it would work. After this very short period of shyness, Cotton decided she likes me lots. She’s a whacky, fun-loving, adventure seeking doggie. She wants to run and explore with someone who loves running and exploring. If you know a runner or explorer who would love this sweet enthusiastic girl, please tag them. Cotton will be chillin at the Cochrane Humane Society if you want to meet her."

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#8 Memphis

Memphis

"This is Memphis. He’s a very friendly and outgoing lad. He is absolutely sure he’s a lapdog. After thorough testing I have to agree. He’s hanging out @cochranehumane. If you know anyone who would love a cuddly energetic lapdog, please let them know: Memphis might be just the one they’ve been looking for."

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Laugh Fan 4 months ago

I'd love him. beautiful fella.

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#9 Pirate

Pirate

"This is Pirate. This handsome little guy is only one, but he definitely acts more mature (usually) than that. Pirate has spent a good chunk of his one year at the Humane Society. I think this is the reason he’s developed into such a well mannered young pup. He gets loads of socializing (dog and human) during his days there. He’s also taken dog classes. He’s still working on his... Read More

"This is Pirate. This handsome little guy is only one, but he definitely acts more mature (usually) than that. Pirate has spent a good chunk of his one year at the Humane Society. I think this is the reason he’s developed into such a well mannered young pup. He gets loads of socializing (dog and human) during his days there. He’s also taken dog classes. He’s still working on his leash and barking manners at times when other dogs are around (he barks his head off in the kennels - probably most of the reason he hasn’t yet found his perfect home). I’ll let the videos speak to how wonderful Pirate is out of a kennel. Pirate is eager to please and stands tall and proud. Even with the excitement of smells and sights on the trail in Kananaskis, he finds the mental calm to sit and stay. He’s cuddly and independent at once. His smile lights my feelings. He’s a photographer’s dream with his looks and cooperation (he made the high jump onto a big rock several times as requested when I didn’t get the shot the time before). Pirate was showing off just how far he’s come with his car riding both to and from the hike. He laid down 90% of the time (and even slept after the hike)."

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Rebekah 4 months ago

His smile lights my feelings... that's lovely.

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#10 Ben

Ben

"This is Ben. He’s one. You can read about his past in his profile on Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue. There’s no arguing that this little guy has been through it. But none of what he’s endured defines him. His outstanding friendliness, patience, and loyalty DESPITE what he’s been through defines Ben. I had the pleasure of getting to know Ben yesterday. He was excited to meet me and introduce me... Read More

"This is Ben. He’s one. You can read about his past in his profile on Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue. There’s no arguing that this little guy has been through it. But none of what he’s endured defines him. His outstanding friendliness, patience, and loyalty DESPITE what he’s been through defines Ben. I had the pleasure of getting to know Ben yesterday. He was excited to meet me and introduce me to his friends at the shelter. I played for a few minutes there with a couple happy pups (a situation I find difficult to leave), then we headed into k-country to attempt Grizzly Peak with human friends. I had explained to my friends that I didn’t know how far Ben would/could make it, so we took a separate vehicle in case Ben was hesitant or tired. I didn’t expect to make it far (this is a very steep hike that’s not possible if the dog isn’t an angel on leash, among other requirements). Ben showed no sign of weakness or defeat; I was extra vigilant for this. We made it about 90% to the peak before I made the decision to turn back. I didn’t want to exhaust loyal Ben even if he was willing. He happily drank the water I brought for him from my hand during a few rest stops. We met lots of friendly faces on the trail and Ben loved the introductions (sometimes laying on the trail in very uncomfortable looking spots just for pets and cuddles from strangers). The idea of climbing a mountain just to unclimb it is definitely new to Ben, but he embraced it."

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Janine B. 4 months ago

Such a sweet guy. Must've been an amazing experience for him!

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#11 Peaches

Peaches

"Peaches. Her name is “Peaches”. Well, this world is rough and if a dog’s gonna make she’s gotta be tough. I imagine her namer knew he/she wouldn’t be there to help her along. So she got named “Peaches” and they said goodbye. She didn’t really get tough or die, but maybe it’s that name that helped to make her strong. And rambunctious. And kind. And cuddly as a teddy bear.... Read More

"Peaches. Her name is “Peaches”. Well, this world is rough and if a dog’s gonna make she’s gotta be tough. I imagine her namer knew he/she wouldn’t be there to help her along. So she got named “Peaches” and they said goodbye. She didn’t really get tough or die, but maybe it’s that name that helped to make her strong. And rambunctious. And kind. And cuddly as a teddy bear. Peaches is in a foster home in Banff. If you’d like to meet her, contact Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue or dm me for help coordinating. "

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Laugh Fan 4 months ago

Beautiful Peaches. She is so sweet looking.

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#12 Titan

Titan

"This is Titan. Titan is one. He’s extremely friendly, yet independent. He’s giant, yet gentle. He gets along with everyone and wants everyone to have a good time. He can play wrestle a whole pack and also hold a conversation with a horse. He’s really really ridiculously good looking, but knows there’s more to life. He can do leash, or no leash. When he plays in a group, the others... Read More

"This is Titan. Titan is one. He’s extremely friendly, yet independent. He’s giant, yet gentle. He gets along with everyone and wants everyone to have a good time. He can play wrestle a whole pack and also hold a conversation with a horse. He’s really really ridiculously good looking, but knows there’s more to life. He can do leash, or no leash. When he plays in a group, the others look to him as the leader of the pack."

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Janine B. 4 months ago

Want to boop this cute nose a hundret times and more!

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#13 Maia

Maia

"This is Maia. I picked her up yesterday from @cochranehumane for a day in the mountains. She’s just as fun and odd as she looks and she’s currently single and looking. She enjoys taking people for walks on frozen lakes and protecting against birds in the sky. She’s not shy and just wants to have a good time for a long time with that special somebody. If you know that... Read More

"This is Maia. I picked her up yesterday from @cochranehumane for a day in the mountains. She’s just as fun and odd as she looks and she’s currently single and looking. She enjoys taking people for walks on frozen lakes and protecting against birds in the sky. She’s not shy and just wants to have a good time for a long time with that special somebody. If you know that somebody, please do them a solid and alert them; she may be their soulmate."

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StrangeStars 4 months ago

Gorgeous dog.

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#14 Ayaz

Ayaz

"Ayaz (residing temporarily at Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue) came for another little play in the mountains yesterday. It had only been a few days since our first day out together and she remembered me well. I was greeted with an enthusiastic wagging tail and a smile. We loaded into the car (she knew the routine from last time) and made our first stop at a park to meet my doggies... Read More

"Ayaz (residing temporarily at Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue) came for another little play in the mountains yesterday. It had only been a few days since our first day out together and she remembered me well. I was greeted with an enthusiastic wagging tail and a smile. We loaded into the car (she knew the routine from last time) and made our first stop at a park to meet my doggies and begin a search for a little girl’s lost stuffie: a bashful floppy eared bunny. We found the bunny right off, so then we headed for a hike near Goat Creek. Ayaz has a talent for finding the best lay down spots. She looked so peaceful in her soft moss bed, so we picnicked there overlooking the pond and mountains. Ayaz is still very quiet and apprehensive, but she’s quickly learning that she’s safe. This means she can slowly stop worrying about where her next meal will come from or what dangers she has to protect herself (her life) from. These are heavy thoughts for a two year old pup who doesn’t speak Canadian. So an adjustment period is reasonable. Ayaz is a very happy girl trapped under a metric tonne of worry."

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Janine B. 4 months ago

I wish I could take all of her worries away. Best of luck little lady!

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#15 Biggles

Biggles

"This is Mr. Biggles, a peculiar young dog of interesting traits. I like to call him Biggles, Biggs, or Biggie (depending on why I’m calling him). Biggles hasn’t been on too many car rides before, so the drive to the mountains was pretty scary for him. We stopped lots of times en route so he could be sure of his ability to exit the vehicle when needed (I sat in... Read More

"This is Mr. Biggles, a peculiar young dog of interesting traits. I like to call him Biggles, Biggs, or Biggie (depending on why I’m calling him). Biggles hasn’t been on too many car rides before, so the drive to the mountains was pretty scary for him. We stopped lots of times en route so he could be sure of his ability to exit the vehicle when needed (I sat in the back seat holding his leash and let him jump out and back into the car over and over when he wanted to). He really loves walks. We couldn’t go for a hike yesterday since it was -27°C, but I think he would be the best hiking partner! His hearty paws got too cold so I sat down so he could stand on my lap to warm them and he did right away (smart and sweet doggo). Then he easily let me carry him partway back to the car (to help his paws - he didn’t ask questions). He, like me, loves sandwiches and snacks. Upon returning to the car, Biggs brought me the container of PB&Js I packed for us to share. He layed down and relaxed for the whole car ride back to Cochrane (car rides aren’t so scary, after all). "

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Laugh Fan 4 months ago

Oh, Mr Biggles you are so gorgeous.

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