“Malcolm” was a happy young mixed breed pup that was brought to the Walton County Animal Control shelter in Georgia on May 8, 2018. The people that brought him in said he had been sick and vomiting blood. The wonderful shelter staff gave him dewormer and a vaccine as soon as he came in. Thankfully he never showed any signs of illness! On May 14 he hit the adoption floor and was ready for photos! When it came time for his photo session, Malcolm was obviously distracted by the activity up by the... continue reading
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“Kitten season” began in April, just as it does every year. Last month alone, 129 cats were brought into the Walton County Animal Control shelter in Georgia, USA!Luckily, there was a great run of adoptions at the beginning of May. But with so many litters of kittens coming in, the local cat rescue groups were soon full. That left little ones like “Lace” hoping for an adopter.I brought “Lace” into my makeshift kitty studio for a few shots on Friday afternoon. After... continue reading
What are unique face! One bright blue eye set in a half-white, half-black adorable face. “Cillie” was truly a unique looking dog... but also an exposure challenge when it came to photography! “Cillie” had that great, energetic personality typical of most of the pit bulls that come into the Walton County Animal Control shelter in Monroe, Georgia. Playful and wanting to please, she was not short on love towards people. And her jovial, somewhat silly personality earned her name (though with... continue reading
“Bella” was a happy young Husky mix surrendered to the Walton County Animal Control Shelter in Georgia (USA) on April 19, 2018. Sadly, Bella and her original owner were evicted and Bella was given to a friend. After a few weeks, when that friend discovered she couldn’t keep a dog in her apartment, Bella came to the animal shelter looking for a permanent home.Being a young girl, approximately 6 to 8 months, she was the perfect playful pup! She was all smiles and happy-panting wags!... continue reading
Little “Bree” was another of the many pit bulls that come into the Walton County Animal Control shelter in Monroe, Georgia. In fact, pit bull‘s are one of the number one impounded dogs in shelters throughout the United States! And so many never make it out alive. But Bree had an advantage: she was still an adorable little puppy! At just three months old, this little girl had a lot to learn about the leash, but was not short on sweetness. But being unsure about the leash was an advantage. This... continue reading
Will Neeko make it out of the shelter?Because he had never really been away from his owner’s house much before, “Neeko” wasn’t well socialized and was quite jumpy and skittish when he was surrendered to the shelter on April 20, 2018. Unfortunately, with intake on the upswing and the kennel filling with loud dogs, it wasn’t exactly a quiet environment for him to settle down.Neeko’s initial indoor kennel shots posted by the shelter showed a wide-eyed, nervous dog. I knew it would take some... continue reading
Stock for Photography, or Photography for Stock?What is the aim of my shooting? For many years, the primary target of my photography has been to get sheltered animals into new adoptive homes or rescues. In short, my aim is to save lives. Then I discovered stock photography. Why not post the animal shelter shots on Dreamstime’s stock photo website? What a simple way to gain a little revenue and help maintain the shelter’s camera and website. Although the earnings are slow, the target of my... continue reading
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
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
“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,www.waltonpets.net. 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
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