Her profile photos captured a glimpse into her funny personality. She was in a foster home so I coordinated a meeting time, filled out the adoption application and brought her home three weeks later.
That was six years ago. Now, like I said, I had recently decided I wanted to love some more pets. But I know I’m in no position financially to adopt more fur-children. So I started thinking about how I could use my talent as a photographer and graphic designer to spread my love of pets to others. That’s when I came across the local Shelter’s volunteer page. So I filled out the Volunteer Application, got an interview and when the Volunteer Coordinator found out I’m not only a professional photographer but also a professional graphic designer, she hired me immediately and I did my first flyer for the Shelter that weekend:
|First project with the Shelter, FaceBook cover photo promoting adoption event
One of my objectives for the Shelter is to take better photos of the dogs for their online adoption profiles. Like I said before, Bailee’s photos were okay but she had the flashed-out pupils in all of them and she was just laying down indoors.
|Bailee’s petfinder.com profile photo
With the Shelter dogs, we take them outside, give them a fun bandana and let them play with toys during their photo shoot. It doesn’t take long for their personalities to shine. Tilted heads, big smiles or lopsided ears really give potential-parents a good look at these beautiful pets:
My Bailee was a homeless, shelter dog for two months and then a foster parent had to take her in because her time was out at that shelter. While not all shelter’s have capacity limits or time limits, the majority of city and state-run shelters do. It’s a painful part of it, it sucks, but it’s reality. That’s why I urge you to adopt – don’t shop. “Mixed” breeds do not mean “not perfect.” In fact, I can’t find more examples of “perfect” pets than the ones at shelters.
|Bailee’s very own yard!
I have no doubt it’s because of the volunteers involved with Bailee’s adoption that she is the beautiful, loving lady that she was the day I brought her home and still is today.
I hope you can find a volunteer organization worth your passions like I have. It will fill your heart in ways nothing else can.