These Pets Faced Abandonment and Euthanasia, but This Human (and Her Camera!) Rescued Them

The Problem

First impressions make a big difference. That applies to people as well as animals. Unfortunately, the 8 million shelter animals that are admitted every year don’t always get to make the best first impression on potential adopters. This is because their picture is taken on the day they are admitted—a day when they are terrified, depressed, dirty, starving, and suffering from the aftermath of abuse and trauma.

Insiders like Helen, a volunteer photographer, know this state does not always last or reflect the true nature of the animals. Some take days and some take weeks, but pets can eventually experience emotional—or at least physical—healing. Helen also knows that potential adopters on the internet don’t see this side of the animal—only the frightened, abused, or malnourished dog, cat, or horse that came in on day one. This hurts their chances of adoption.

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The Solution

Helen is one of the many volunteers who has decided to solve this problem. A graduate of the One Picture Saves a Life program, she learned photography techniques that would capture the best side of the animals who are admitted into her local shelter. This helps make that great first impression to increase a pet’s adoptability. Check out her incredible story in the video above!


About One Picture Saves a Life

One Picture Saves a Life is a nonprofit sponsored in part by The Animal Rescue Site and Their mission is to help pets get adopted by training animal shelters and volunteers proper grooming and photography techniques. With a flattering photo, pets put their best paw forward and draw in the members of their future forever homes. Why not consider donating to help this incredible organization?

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A. Stout is a Whovian, Potterhead, study abroad alumna, and animal lover. A native to West Michigan, she dreams of publishing novels and traveling all over the world.