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We know that rescues and shelters workers are some of the most dedicated people when it comes to getting animals adopted into their forever homes. There are many different grants and tools available to shelters that help them improve operations and increase adoptions. Most recently, the organization One Picture Saves a Life has been giving photography advice to shelters around the nation.

One Picture Saves Lives

In many cases, a compelling photo and well-written description can greatly increase an animal’s chances of being adopted.

According to the organization’s website, “8 million dirty, scared, and disorientated pets enter shelters each year – and the photos taken are what people see when looking to adopt. Our mission is to provide shelter staff and volunteers with the resources to successfully groom and photograph shelter pets, helping give them the second chance they deserve.”

One Picture Saves Lives

The results of these workshops and online videos are truly amazing. Capturing an animal at its best moment is so crucial to their successful adoption.

One photographer working with the project, Seth Casteel, said to the Huffington Post, “When people watch that TV commercial with the sad images and depressing music, they change the channel, but when they see hopeful portraits of adoptable pets full of love and personality, they zip over to the shelter with their family and save a life.”

One Picture Saves Lives

That’s exactly what One Picture Saves a Life is accomplishing, showing pets at their very best. Simple tips like finding the best lighting, or how to work with cats, are all available on the organization’s website. If you are interested in learning more about positive shelter pet photography, check out videos on the website, or attend a One Picture Saves a Life tour stop at one of the following locations:

  • 4/5/14: San Diego, Calif. – San Diego Humane Society
  • 5/24/14: Daytona Beach, Fla. – HSUS Animal Expo and Shelter TBD
  • 8/2/14: New York City, N.Y. – New York Animal Care and Control
  • 9/13/14: New Orleans, La. – Shelter TBD
  • 11/1/14: Charlotte, N.C. – Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Care and Control

Lead image source: One Picture Saves a Life / Instagram