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sleepmurder:

radioactiveshoes:

jaythenerdkid:

pieces-of-emilie:

lackadaisycats:

sleepmurder:

On the importance of GOOD PHOTOS of shelter pets:

These two precious little kits are at Gaston County Animal Control in Dallas, North Carolina (they are both adoptable). This is a high-intake kill shelter in an impoverished rural area. On some days in spring and early summer, they take in over 40 new animals in a seven-hour period (yesterday intake was 32). They have a few nice SLR cameras and a few ACOs who know how to use them, but with the sheer numbers coming in every day, in addition to all the other jobs the staff is doing, quite often there is just no time to set up a good photo. Most animals will not sit still and must be held by someone, leading to partially-obscured, shadowed, or unnaturally posed animals, and photos are usually taken immediately upon intake, which means inside a small room with no windows or in the box of the AC truck. Not ideal conditions for photography! Not to mention that AC probably smells like hell on earth for 90% of dogs and cats, so even friendly animals who will acclimate quickly are terrified upon arrival.

However, although this shelter is high-intake, most of the employees really do want to see animals get out the front door, and they manage to save way more than they euthanize. They are extremely accommodating to volunteers who want to take photos of the animals, and I went to help out for the first time last Saturday. 

It was so. Much. Fun! I was wrangling the dogs while another girl took photos, so basically I just got jumped on, slobbered all over, and yanked around at the end of a leash, but I loved it. We got some great photos, and of the eleven dogs we took out, nine of them were adopted or rescued, including several who’d been completely overlooked due to bad intake photos. I also got some great photos and videos of cats and kittens lounging and playing that were worlds better than their flash-in-the-face intake photos.

So what I’m saying here is, if you have a decent camera that you know how to use, your local shelter has an online presence, and you want to really and truly help animals, go volunteer! You will quite literally be saving lives just by snapping some photos! DO IT.

Pls signal boost!

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Here are the kittens’ threads if you are local and interested in adopting or fostering:
Black with white feets, #3996, male
Gray tabby, #3997, male




Meanwhile, I was asked to reblog this and it seemed worthwhile.  Photography is not the first thing that springs to mind when it comes to helping out kill or no-kill shelters, but it makes sense that it could make a difference for a lot of animals if you happen to be pretty good at it and you have a little time to volunteer.

The more i do this kind of work the more i love it, and love meeting the animals and hearing their stories and seeing them go to good homes. i know was there and who isnt next time and it fills my heart with happiness.

notice to my photographer friends who love animals: try this, maybe?

Wow. I’ve been wanting to volunteer at my local shelter & help via my photography for ages. This may be the shove I need.

Here’s another shove: DO IT

The animals will love you for it. 

( also reminder to self to re-do this post with dogs! )

4 hours ago on April 23rd, 2014 |J |VIA -SOURCE

PennVet Working Dog Conference: June 5-8 ⇢

The 2014 Working Dog Conference is focused on exploring the many different facets of working dog health.

5 hours ago on April 23rd, 2014 |J
Tagged as: #pennvet #working dog #search and rescue #cadaver dog #k9 #sport dog 

Working Cats Edition: Kitty Back Tie Session. ⇢

Watch out K9s, there’s a new species in town vying for your jobs in the Patrol sector. 

5 hours ago on April 23rd, 2014 |J
Tagged as: #bitework #bite work #k9 #working dogs #cats #working cat 

foxinu:

"mosaic" marked Rhodesian Ridgeback as a puppy and as an adult.

click for more uncommon Rhodesian Ridgeback colours

Mosaic dogs are neat, especially since the only way they exist is through a somatic mutation or as a chimera. 

16 hours ago on April 23rd, 2014 |J |VIA -SOURCE
Tagged as: #rhodesian ridgeback #mosaic #dog genetics #mutation 
did-you-kno:

Source

Laika, unfortunately, died shortly into her orbit due to heat and stress. Even if she hadn’t died then, the mission was such that she wouldn’t have returned to Earth alive anyway. 

did-you-kno:

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Laika, unfortunately, died shortly into her orbit due to heat and stress. Even if she hadn’t died then, the mission was such that she wouldn’t have returned to Earth alive anyway. 

16 hours ago on April 23rd, 2014 |J |VIA -SOURCE
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handsomedogs:

Here’s a fun game to utilize your dog’s senses and keep them busy. Not every dog responds to this game the same, I’ve had labs just pick up the tin and run away with it… But try it out! Have fun! Send me a video if you’d like :)

handsomedogs

I know of far too many dogs that would just think the balls were the greatest things ever and ignore the treat, heh. 

18 hours ago on April 22nd, 2014 |J |VIA -SOURCE
nsfwjynx:

the-pink-mist:

There was a split second there where his like, “wait, what? bro what are you doing?” 
On more serious note, PTSD dogs for veterans are so fucking therapeutic. They’re like the one person you can spill your guts to and never worry about ever being judged or have that secret divulged. There are times when I definitely prefer the company of a dog over a human. 

Therapy animals save lives.

nsfwjynx:

the-pink-mist:

There was a split second there where his like, “wait, what? bro what are you doing?” 

On more serious note, PTSD dogs for veterans are so fucking therapeutic. They’re like the one person you can spill your guts to and never worry about ever being judged or have that secret divulged. There are times when I definitely prefer the company of a dog over a human. 

Therapy animals save lives.

20 hours ago on April 22nd, 2014 |J |VIA -SOURCE

thecatdogblog:

Photographer Fred Levy recently launched the Black Dogs Project, a photo series that photographs black dogs against a dark background. The initiative tells the story of the difficulties these dogs face when waiting to be adopted.

Black dogs are often treated differently than other dogs — and are often overlooked by people who come to shelters with the intention to adopt. The phenomenon is commonly referred to as “Black Dog Syndrome” or “Black Dog Bias,” a stereotype against dark-colored animals possibly ingrained in people through depictions in movies and books, according to experts.

Black dogs also have a tendency to not photograph as well as other dogs, which along with other stereotypes, Levy has managed to combat skillfully.

20 hours ago on April 22nd, 2014 |J |VIA -SOURCE
mushing1:



Siberian Sleddogs





We’ve reached Yanrakynnot, our first overnight stop on the way to Lorino and the starting line. Mikhail Telpin’s puppies were excited to get visitors 

mushing1:


We’ve reached Yanrakynnot, our first overnight stop on the way to Lorino and the starting line. Mikhail Telpin’s puppies were excited to get visitors 
22 hours ago on April 22nd, 2014 |J |VIA -SOURCE

dogblessusa:

Charlie Boy was trained as a seeing eye dog to guide U.S. Army Sergeant Major Acosta who was blinded after a shrapnel ripped through his head in Iraq in 2006. 

Now Charlie Boy escorts the Sergeant throughout the U.S. and together they raise funds for injured warriors. Charlie Boy also visits incarcerated prisoners in Southern California.

Charlie Boy’s support and services enable his master to participate in bike races and golf tournaments and tour the country as a motivational speaker and an advocate for wounded warriors.

Source: Veteran Traveler

22 hours ago on April 22nd, 2014 |J |VIA -SOURCE