My across the road neighbors, Steve and Nancy, have four dogs of their own but they routinely “adopt” other dogs from the shelter until good homes can be found for them. They are clearly doing wonderful work. A short time ago, they asked me if I could help them get their foster “children” adopted through my hobby of photography. They said many of the adoptions are done through the use of websites but that the quality of the photos of the subjects left something to be desired. I readily agreed because I love dogs (as my own two can tell you) and really enjoy photographing all animals – it seemed like a great match! So we started setting up short photo shoots for the dogs and so far it has contributed to several adoptions.
I’m going to switch gears and start with Steve and Nancy’s current foster, Ginger – a wonderfully sweet dog who loves to be up close and personal with people and is a joy to be with. Her only issue is that a few weeks back (before she became a foster) she was hit by a car and lost her front right leg. Only a few weeks later, she is her normal happy self and she is getting around like she never needed four legs! Here is my photo/painting portrait of Ginger that I took yesterday.
As I said to Steve this morning, this next photo catches her “putting her best foot forward”…..
I started with Ginger because she is still available for adoption, and if you are interested, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. PS – we are in San Diego.
I’ll go back a little and introduce you to Holly – another available sweetie with a story. Holly is being fostered by some other friends and her story is that she was very nearly euthanized as she was blind! Luckily the attendant at the shelter could not bring himself to carry out her sentence and Holly was saved. She has since had cataract surgery and can see again. She is a beautiful and happy dog …..and she is also still available. Send me a note if you might be interested in adopting her!
I’ll end by introducing you to a couple of other recent friends who have since gone on to new families. This is Cassie who just got adopted a few weeks ago – how do you beat that for photogenic?
And lastly, let me introduce you to Farrah. As a youngster, I was always dreaming of a date with Farrah and my friend Steve arranged it for me! It was different than I had dreamed of but Farrah is still quite the poster girl …..