Why We Rescue: Phillip from New York

All photos: Theron Humphrey

Maddie and Theron

It's no secret that photography can be a powerful, transformative tool for shelter and rescue animals, who are often misrepresented in the media as having major behavioral or medical issues.

In the yearlong audio-visual project "Why We Rescue," photographer Theron Humphrey hopes to dismantle these myths by documenting the everyday lives of shelter and rescue animals and their owners.

You may remember Humphrey; he and his beloved, balancing coonhound Maddie (right) have hit the road quite a bit in the past several years. After concluding a 365-day, Kickstarter-funded documentary journey across all 50 U.S. states in 2012, it wasn't long before he kicked off yet another cross-country tour to promote his book Maddie On Things.

For more amazing photos, be sure to check out Humphrey's site, This Wild Idea, and follow him and Maddie on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Why We Rescue: Krissy from Rhode Island
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Why We Rescue: Ben from Minnesota
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Why We Rescue: Kathleen from Montana
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Why We Rescue: Andy from Michigan
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Why We Rescue: Sonnie from California
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Why We Rescue: Dave from Idaho
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Why We Rescue: Monique from Texas
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Why We Rescue: Marv from Wyoming
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Why We Rescue: Katie from Florida
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Why We Rescue: Charise and David from Delaware
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Why We Rescue: Aila and Lindsey from Maryland
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Why We Rescue: Keith from Colorado
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Why We Rescue: Jenna from Kansas
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Why We Rescue: Vaughn from Utah
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Why We Rescue: Aurthur from Arkansas
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Why We Rescue: Kelsey and Trevor from Oklahoma
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Why We Rescue: Rachel and John from Nebraska
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Why We Rescue: Kris from South Dakota
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Why We Rescue: David and Tereasa from Wisconsin
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Why We Rescue: Stephen from Georgia
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Why We Rescue: Emmy from Kentucky
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Why We Rescue: Regis from Illinois
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Why We Rescue: Karen from Massachusetts
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Why We Rescue: Sam from Tennessee
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Catie Leary is a photo editor at Mother Nature Network. Follow her on Twitter and Google+.