GIVING BACK

The one absolutely unselfish friend that a man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is the dog.”
— George G. Vest, Eulogy of the Dog
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Giving back is what I always wanted to do since I started this dog memory-keeping business.

First impression matters, and I know a dog’s first impression is most likely to happen online — like on social media, or websites like Petfinder.com.

But most dog’s profile pictures are dark, blurry, and don’t show you the real personality and beauty they actually have. And the dogs could go on for months waiting, taking up precious space and resources at the shelter — all because they’re profile picture was unappealing.

So I wanted to change that.

In a culture where pictures have a lifespan of .5 seconds before we scroll to what’s next, I wanted to make a beautiful portrait that would immediately make a dog-lover stop scrolling mid-feed, and consider adopting this beautiful animal. Or, at least help spread the word of their picture, and their story.

In the beginning of 2018, I set a New Year’s goal to start volunteering my services for a local animal shelter.

That goal led me to the Seal Beach Animal Care Shelter (SBACC), with the friendliest and volunteers I’ve ever met.

They’re the only no-kill shelter left in Orange County, and I thought if I could help them move along more dogs through their process, I could help get more dogs to come in and stay in a no-kill shelter.

Sandy was the first dog I photographed at the Seal Beach Animal Care Center. I’ll always remember her gaunt appearance outmatched by her joyful, happy attitude.

Sandy was the first dog I photographed at the Seal Beach Animal Care Center. I’ll always remember her gaunt appearance outmatched by her joyful, happy attitude.

I went through my photo archive to compile a favorite (or two, or three) of each dog I photographed, just to see how many dogs I met in 2018 at the SBACC.

In the span of 12 months, here’s what 2018 looked like:

  • Over 100 Dogs Photographed, each given their own dignified portrait

  • Over 500 Photographs given to the shelter, both for profile pictures and marketing purposes

  • Over 200 Dogs Adopted!

Meeting so many different dogs, breeds, and personalities was so rewarding. And it was a complete joy to help them find their new homes.

Honey was a St. Bernard who outlived her older brother, Tahoe; watched her sister Debra get adopted first, and went on to wait months and months until finally a family from Alaska rescued her from the hot Southern California weather to live where she’s running around the snow like a puppy again.

Honey was a St. Bernard who outlived her older brother, Tahoe; watched her sister Debra get adopted first, and went on to wait months and months until finally a family from Alaska rescued her from the hot Southern California weather to live where she’s running around the snow like a puppy again.

Below is a snapshot of all the dogs who graced us with their presence in 2018.
You’ll see a variety of breeds, personalities, silliness — all unique and beautiful, deserving of loving homes.

Some of these faces passed away while at the shelter, some are still waiting for a new home (especially the senior ones), and some are living brand new lives in loving families.

I didn’t get to capture all the dogs that came through the Care Center last year, but here’s over 100 of them unknowingly posing for their 2018 Yearbook.

If you’re ever interested in adopting a new furry friend, please head on over to the Seal Beach Animal Care Center’s website, www.sbacc.org.

2018 SBACC Yearbook