With his home-cropped ears, tough guy look, and being heartworm positive, “Max” was going to be a hard one to get out of the shelter. No ordinary quick kennel shot was going to work, so I took Max outdoors for a glamour photo session on September 27, 2018.He was surrendered to the Walton County Animal Control shelter by his owner who cited that number one excuse for dumping their pet: “moving.” So Max’s only hope of living a longer life was to be adopted or rescued.... continue reading
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Three female German Shepherds came into the Walton County Animal Control shelter in three days, all from the same general area. It looked like some “wonderful” person decided to just dump their shepherds instead of finding them new homes or bringing them to the shelter.The first German Shepherd picked up was the youngest; just under a year. She was very skittish, but came around well enough and German Shepherd Dog Rescue of Georgia came to get her within a couple of days.... continue reading
Skinny, in heat, flaky skin, fly bites and ticks on her ears, never been to a veterinarian before… poor “Stormy”. While I hate to see dogs surrendered to the shelter, some dogs will have a much better life away from their current owners and into new homes!“Stormy” was surrendered to the Walton County Animal Control shelter in Monroe, Georgia, USA on August 15, 2018. She didn’t appear to have had the best care, but was a true submissive sweetheart! She was just a medium-sized dog... continue reading
Rocky the Rottweiler was surrendered by his owner to the local animal control shelter. Sadly, his owner said that he no longer had any place for him. (I understand the situations of life, but I also long for the day when it is understood that pet ownership is a life-long thing.)After six days in the shelter he still hadn’t gotten any attention from rescues or adopters. So it was time for some “glamour photos”! Rocky was kind of in rough shape. He was a bit underweight and was... continue reading
So many little dogs come into the animal shelter with a big attitude. But not little “Skip”! It was a real pleasure getting to play with this cute little pup prior to his photo session. He was scooting about all around my feet and ready to jump into my lap as soon as I sat down!“Skip” was picked up stray by an animal control officer on August 15, 2018. But like so many other loose dogs, he didn’t have a collar, tag or microchip to find his way back home. (Come on people, its 2018!... continue reading
It must have been "big dog breed week" at the Walton animal shelter! It started with a Saint Bernard mix, then a gigantic Kangle Anatolian Shepherd, and finally this handsome Leonberger/Newfoundland mixed boy. Perhaps I'm being creative on our breed guesses, but “Titan” certainly looked enough like a Leonbeger, a mountain dog from Germany.“Titan” was picked up stray by an animal control officer on August 13, 2018. He was so big, the officer (who is no small guy himself&... continue reading
Down to the wire! That is how it can be at times in an animal control shelter.“Bama” had been in the Walton County Animal Control shelter for eleven days. That might not seem like a long time, but in an open-intake “dog pound” that euthanizes when full, that is too long! Most dogs are afforded less than a week to get new homes. “Bama” had been turned in to the shelter three times by citizens who found him running loose in a local mobile home park. The first two impounds, his owner came... continue reading
Some dogs get themselves adopted and don’t really need any help from me. “Loki” was a handsome Australian Shepherd mixed breed dog that was picked up stray by an animal control officer on August 6, 2018. I probably didn’t need to do any “glamour photos” of this boy, but I was on a roll that morning and did his photo session anyway.I arrived at the animal shelter around seven in the morning and got everything ready for a morning full of photography and dog evaluations. In the... continue reading
It is so sad the prejudices that people have. Not only can we unjustly despise other nationalities and races, but these inner biases can also play out against certain dog breeds. There are some dogs that are a bit harder to get adopted simply because of their breed. That is where the dog rescue photography comes in!“India” was a 5 month old puppy that was picked up by an Animal Control Officer on July 16, 2018. She was cute…! She was playful…! She was just a puppy…! So what would it... continue reading
Browsing the photos and blogs of your fellow Dreamstime photographers is a profitable habit to get into. There is so much creativity and artistry on Dreamstime that will inspire your own images.I recently came across a great blog and a collection of black background animal portraits by Helgardas. Stunning work! Nothing but soulful faces peering out from the dark. I was inspired by the creativity to touch up a recent animal shelter photograph in the same manner.“Falcon” had been surrendered... continue reading
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