This is a feature very near and dear to my heart: shelter dogs.
I. Am. A. Dog. Person. I love animals and I have a particularly soft spot for any dog, but especially pups who have been slighted in any way. I donate to the ASPCA and Humane Society whenever I can afford it; sales of this print in my Etsy shop have helped me do that a bit more often (I donate 100% of the sale of the print to the ASPCA).
A few months ago I stumbled upon Susan Sabo Photography on Etsy and I'm completely smitten with (a) her talent, (b) her subject matter, and (c) her mission (she's bringing awareness with her "Shelter Dogs" series and donates 10% of all her sales to animal help organizations). She also makes her prints available for fundraising efforts and she herself volunteers her time at local animal shelters.
Some of Susan's images are uplifting, and some are heartbreaking. All of them are breathtaking. Susan's eye for composition is something I absolutely strive for as a photographer.
Enough babble from me. Here is some of Susan's work. No captions here; I'm going to let the images speak for themselves. Click on them to be taken to Susan's Etsy shop. And BUY something--it's for a good cause!
I did my best to start and end this little photo gallery on happy notes, but some of these images just make me so sad. I admire Susan for be able to volunteer at shelters; I once went into the Orange County Animal Shelter to ask about volunteering and couldn't even get to the front desk; I walked the aisles of dogs, just crying uncontrollably. I have since volunteered my time doing administrative work for such organizations. :)
I hope you'll check out Susan's shop on Etsy as well as her other locations on the Web:
And give your pets big kisses tonight; they don't even KNOW how lucky they are! At least that's what I tell my dogs. ;)