I spent last Saturday lurking around one of my favorite shelters. A small, rural, poorly funded shelter……favorite because they almost NEVER put dogs down. I donate my photography skills to help get dogs and cats adopted. Nothing goes as planned when trying to photograph dog, cats and kittens……but sometimes you are able to catch a quiet moment of a purring cat…
I do my best to stay out of the way of the staff who are always so busy, however it’s hard. I try to let the dogs and cats relax around me and snap a few photos…….I never know what I have ended up with until I get home. I thought this was cute of the kittens.
This little lady didnt have a name yet at the time I shot this photo. However now she has been given the name Pepper. She was one of the hoarding dogs taken from the same place the three at my house were pulled from. She spent her whole life outside, with only a blue barrel for shelter. When she was pulled from the hoarders house, the tips of her ears were raw from fly bites. Those open sores have healed. She is fearful of humans and surprised me when she crawled over to me and semi-crawled into my lap. (she won my heart at this very moment) She is VERY bonded with the other elderly female dog she was house with her whole life.
This is her friend, and they are very, very bonded…..I am not sure how many years they spent in that pen, however what I do know, is those days are over. She needs a good grooming and someone to love her. She is a beautiful old dog, who deserves to spend the rest of her life curled up in someones house, on a soft fluffy bed.
The Shelter director said they would like to keep these two together and clearly understand that. I know because of the fact they are not house trained and not yet good with people, the chance of them getting adopted is slim to none….So once I get these two Chi’s fixed and placed I am going to foster these two ladies.
I took photos of more dogs and cats on this day than I can post today, however here is a cat who was adopted after we posted my photos…..his name is “Patches” and he had been at the shelter for over a year.
I might not be able to take them ALL home, even when I want to…..but if taking these photos, and allowing the Shelter’s to use them, help get any animals adopted it is WELL worth my energy and time.
This little guy was dumped by his owner because of his “medical problems”, however his medical problems resulted from his human NOT giving him enough water. They didnt want to give him water because they didnt want to clean up his accidents in the house.
Sometimes you know the story behind how they ended up at the shelter, sometimes you dont. This beautiful dog Oden was left at the Shelter by a man who clearly had loved him and taken good care of him, however he was headed to jail for a period of time. He was very upset to leave him at the Shelter, but he was adopted the week I posted these photos…..he was a GREAT dog and I knew someone would be thrilled to have him.
So for now……when I visit the shelter and want to take them all home and cant…….I will just do some more Shelter Shots and pray that someone will look at the photos and find a forever friend they cant resist.
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