Articles by William Wise

Pet Adoption Photography: Kasha

I love the senior dogs. They often are so much more calm and quiet than the younger dogs. But it is such a heartbreaker to see the seniors come into the animal shelter. Often, they have lived for many years with one family and in the same house. They can become so freaked out and shell-shocked being dumped into a loud kennel environment. “Kasha” was a sweet Retriever/Aussie mixed breed dog that was picked up stray in Monroe, Georgia USA by a Walton County Animal Control officer on April 10, 2018.... continue reading

Pet Adoption Photography: Combating Animal Cruelty

One of the most rewarding aspects of being an animal shelter photographer is seeing abandoned and neglected pets get a new chance at life. All the good done by animal shelters and shelter photographers can help combat the ignorance of neglectful humans. “Lilith” was a recent happy ending at the Walton County Animal Control shelter in Monroe, Georgia. In the winter of 2017/2018, animal control began receiving calls about a thin Boxer tied out on a chain in freezing weather. After a visit from an... continue reading

Handle with Care!

Working with animal control gives me front row seats to some great critter encounters. On January 8, 2018 a resident of Davis Street in Monroe, Georgia called 911 when she found a bat in her bathroom sink. Upon arrival, the officer found the bat just where the caller said. It apparently couldn’t fly and was unsuccessfully trying to climb up the porcelain walls to freedom. Knowing I love this kind of stuff, the officer brought the bat back to the office.The following day I took this Little Brown... continue reading

Pet Adoption Photography: Miles

“DON’T LABEL ME”“What breed is ‘Miles’?” That is an email question I receive frequently; especially since I quit listing the breed on our adoptables website, For different reasons, I decided to quit listing my guess at a dog’s breed and let the photos speak for themselves. When it comes down to it, what matters most is not a dogs ‘label’, but the fact that it is in dire need of rescue!With so many mixed breeds that come through the shelter, it can sometimes... continue reading

Pet Adoption Photography: Remington

Remington, or “Rem” for short, was one of several owner surrendered dogs that were turned in to the Walton County Animal Control shelter on March 19, 2018. His owner had hip surgery and could no longer take care of such a big boy. With the shelter getting near capacity, time was of the utmost importance. I had several dogs lined up for photo sessions this morning. We had to move some dogs out to adopters and rescues quickly to avoid bad endings. “Rem” was a bit nervous in the kennel and it... continue reading

Pet Adoption Photography: Coonhound "Ranger"

“If I had the room, I’d take him home!” I know, everybody says that all the time. But it was true with Ranger! What a big, handsome boy. I love hounds. Coonhounds, Bloodhounds, Walker Hounds, Bluetick Hounds… and those big, velvety, drooping ears are always so photogenic!“Ranger” was surrendered to the Walton County Animal Control shelter by his owner on March 8, 2018. At least he was already neutered.Not wanting to loose time on getting him on the adoption website, www.waltonpets.... continue reading

Pet Adoption Photography: Waylon

How irresistibly cute!!!! It seems that “puppy season” is beginning. The lengthening daylight hours and warmer weather tends to trigger love in all the critters. Each spring the shelter begins taking in puppy after puppy, kitten after kitten. If my shutter is fast enough to get them all posted quickly, we can get most of them adopted and rescued without too much of a backup.“Waylon” was a cute little black mixed breed puppy that was surrendered to Walton County Animal Control on March 7, 2018.... continue reading

Pet Adoption Photography: Clover

Thursday, 8:32 AM – “Clover” was another stray dog to be picked up by a Walton County Animal Control officer in Monroe, Georgia. He was a very sweet, tender and gentle boy. His submissive side made it a bit difficult to get him to look at the camera. But his warm brown coat and soft black muzzle complimented the beautiful glowing sunrise on this somewhat cooler early spring morning.“Clover” also seemed an easy boy to get along with when it came to other dogs as well. He was all... continue reading

Pet Adoption Photography: Bella the JRT

​Little “Bella” was surrendered to the Walton County Animal Control shelter on February 23, 2018 by an older couple who could no longer care for her because of their health. She was a cute and quiet girl, kind of in “shell shock” after leaving her home that she’d been used to her entire life.Unfortunately, she tested heartworm positive, so some glamour shots and email alerts for pledges would be a needed thing. Having never been away from her owner’s home, and never been on leash before,... continue reading

Pet Adoption Photography: Buster

Wednesday, 9:17 AM – “Buster” was a cute low-rider mixed breed puppy that was surrendered to the Walton County Animal Control shelter in Georgia on March 6, 2018. The man who brought him in said his original owner left a few months ago and he couldn’t care for a puppy.He was a quiet guy and sat nice and calm for his outdoor photos. With the sunrise coming earlier, I had lost my normal shady spots behind the shelter for his photos. I popped a little fill flash on a couple, but I don’t much... continue reading

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