Imagine having to leave your home, your friends and family, and your everyday life behind. Imagine being thrown into a world full of strange people, unfamiliar smells and sounds, and surroundings. Imagine not knowing if you’ll ever see your family again…

That’s pretty much the experience that a rescue dog goes through when they arrive at a shelter. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding their arrival, they’ll probably be feeling confused, anxious, stressed out and completely overwhelmed!

So it’s no wonder that the shelter volunteers – who are already rushed off their feet feeding, cleaning and looking after all the animals in their care – can struggle to get good photos of the dogs that come through their doors. These incredible people dedicate their lives to the animals in their care, all with a limited budget, time and resources. There simply isn’t enough time in the day for photo shoots, especially when the dogs are probably feeling anxious enough already!

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Erin
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2 years ago

Cutie!! I love animals with odd/asymmetrical markings!

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Evgeniya Khon
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2 years ago

Awww, that head tilt....sooo cute!

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In a digital world of scrolling endlessly through news feeds and websites, it’s becoming harder to stand out in the crowd. And for a shelter dog, standing out in a crowd could be the difference between another year alone at the shelter, or a loving forever home with a brand new family. It could literally save their life! So that was the challenge I set myself when I started photographing shelter dogs. I knew I needed to get people to stop in their tracks when they scrolled past my photos online.

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Night Owl
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2 years ago

So cute <3 Looks like a puppy

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Stella Rose
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2 years ago

aaahh i love floyd!

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It’s super important that the dogs are as comfortable as possible in front of my camera. These dogs are often nervous, and sometimes visibly distressed. Some of them are reactive to other animals, while some will freeze in fear at the sight of a passing car or cyclist. I want their photos to help potential adopters visualize each dog in an everyday scenario – an excited pup down at the park or a happy hound out on a family walk. I want to banish that image of a sad, lonely dog cowering in a kennel. I want adopters to see just how amazing these dogs can be, given the chance to just be normal, regular dogs!

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diane a
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2 years ago

Poor thing - she looks so lost and confused on the left.

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glowworm2
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2 years ago

I am loving that sweet face and name!

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So I take the time to get to know each shelter dog I photograph. They get to have a sniff of the camera (and me!) and I have plenty of treats on hand in case a little motivation is needed. It’s as much about creating a positive experience as it is getting a good photo. Giving them the opportunity to stretch their legs and experience something a little bit different is a great form of enrichment for a dog that would otherwise be sitting in a kennel or run.

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Evgeniya Khon
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2 years ago

What a majestic dog (and probably a queen of warriors) !

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I'm dark
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2 years ago

You gorgeous, perfect, doggo

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It’s not always easy. And sometimes I doubt myself and wonder if I’m actually making a difference with my photos. But then every now and again I’ll hear from somebody who adopted a dog, and they tell me that it was my photo that made them stop and take notice. And I think what might have happened if I’d never taken that photo… It may be hard work, and I might not get to do it as often as I’d like to, but I’m convinced that a good photo can definitely save a life.

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Nikki D
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2 years ago

Are the backgrounds photoshopped?

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best procrastinator
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2 years ago

The smile in the second pic is gold

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diane a
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2 years ago

Love his lobsided ears.

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I'm dark
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2 years ago

VOLTRON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I'm dark
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2 years ago

The tongue, LOOK at the tongue

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Rose
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2 years ago

the pose! "yes, I know I'm cute, please adopt me now"

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Rosie Hamilton
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2 years ago

That one lifted paw... aw.

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Kateri
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2 years ago

Love this dog.

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Rosie Hamilton
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2 years ago

That cute little lean to one side - such adorable little tykes.

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Dagne Wesley
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2 years ago

Just love all of these and I so hope they all have found lovely homes,,,

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Klaudiia Sherbatzky
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2 years ago

Awww I would adopt you but I live in Austria :(

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