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Shelter dogs benefit from the power of a photo

By: Jaymi Heimbuch on Jan. 16, 2013, 4:37 p.m.
before and after photo of rescue dog Macy

Photo: HeARTs Speak

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Macy has quite a mug (and those ears!)

Animal rescue groups and shelters do incredible work, often relying entirely on a network of volunteers and a shoestring budget. Shelters across the country perform miracles on a daily basis for dogs, cats and other adoptable pets. The unfortunate reality, however, is that most shelters are not so skilled at (nor usually have time for) taking high-quality portraits of the animals they're helping. The unintended consequence is that animals can sit in kennels or foster homes longer than needed. Recently, one HeARTs Speak photographer worked with a female boxer who had been in a foster home for two years. The boxer was photographed in a studio setting, sitting on a couch with a scarf wrapped around her neck. The photos were posted on the boxer's adoption profile and boxer was adopted the very next day, with the new family saying they fell in love with her photos and knew immediately they had to bring her home. The photographer's only regret was that the dog had been in foster care for two long years due to a bad photograph.