Pet Adoption Photography: Combating Animal Cruelty

Skinny Boxer dog animal cruelty case

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 officer, the owner got “Lilith” to the vet and she began gaining weight.

All was well. Right?

Animal control received another call in April 2018 that “Lilith” had again dropped weight. This time, the owner was charged with inhumane treatment and “Lilith” came to the shelter. The first step was to get quality photographs to be entered as evidence in the upcoming court case. Second, it was outdoors to get her some shots to post on the shelters adoption website and find her a new home!

“Lilith” was a such a joy for me to photograph. Although pitifully neglected and emaciated, she still had a sweet and tender personality. Being calm, she posed nicely for her photographs. And the greater joy was learning that Atlanta Boxer Rescue announced the next day that they’d take Lilith into their care for rehabilitation and re-homing! Not every case can turn out great in an open-intake shelter. But when it does, we can rejoice, as in Lilith’s case!

Skinny Boxer dog animal cruelty case

“Lilith” was photographed on April 10, 2018 for the Walton County Animal Control shelter in Monroe, Georgia. She was rescued by Atlanta Boxer Rescue the following day. 100% of stock photo sales go back into pet adoption photography and the shelter’s website hosting fees. Donations can also be made at Thanks for reading!

Photo credits: William Wise.

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