Today, sadly too many dogs remain homeless.
After losing my beloved Bernese Mountain dog, Lexi, I thought that volunteering might be therapeutic. A friend drove me to the new dog shelter in town and encouraged me to fill out a volunteer application and serve as a dog photographer.
I was familiar with “Black Dog Syndrome”, the phenomenon where darker colored animals are typically overlooked and spend more time in shelters than their lighter-colored companions, and I understood the power of a photograph in helping with dog adoptions.
I was excited to get to work!
Today, I continue to volunteer one day per week at the Franklin County Regional Dog Shelter in Turners Falls, MA photographing dogs for adoption portraits which are featured in newspapers and on social media. With only two paid employees and a team of volunteers, this crew, works tirelessly and gives endlessly specializing in second chances and helping dogs find a loving forever home. To donate or learn more about the dog shelter, visit www.fcrdogkennel.org.
In 2014, I began photographing dogs that had been adopted through the shelter and featuring them in a calendar. Each year, this fundraising event raises thousands of dollars with 100% of the profits going directly to care for the dogs.
I am also proud to be an Artist Member of HeARTS Speak, a global network of photographers, artists and animal welfare advocates who provide their time and talent, pro bono, to animal welfare organizations in their communities. Visit www.HeARTSspeak.org for additional information.
If you are a rescue organization or shelter in western Massachusetts in need of rescue photography, please contact me.