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Shelter dogs benefit from the power of a photo

before and after photo of shelter dog Lacey

Photo: HeARTs Speak

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Lacey's life looks up

Another wonderful result of quality photographs is documenting the recovery of a rescued animal. The transformation — from the first days spent at a shelter to when they are ready to go home  — is inspiring. Many HeARTs Speak photographers are there from the beginning, meeting the animals as they are brought in and seeing them over days and even months as they gain weight, heal their wounds, and learn to trust humans again. Sometimes, by the time an adoption portrait is taken, they seem like completely different animals.