Spend five minutes with me and you'll discover that I'm passionate about animal and wildlife rescue. I have a natural compulsion to stop the car and try to catch every loose dog I see. While I would love to have a ranch full of dogs and horses that I've rescued, alas my reality is much different. Thankfully, Houston is filled with wonderful and impactful rescue organizations and volunteers that are making a real difference in the Houston homeless pet population. I'm so thankful to live in a city that has so many worthy dog charities and rescue organizations.
While I can't dedicate all of my time to volunteering, it is my privilege to help Houston rescues out in the small ways I can, usually by providing photography for their adoptable animals.
One organization that I'm really proud to be part of is Hearts Speak. Hearts Speak's mission is to unite art and advocacy to increase the visibility of shelter animals. As a member of their Artists Helping Animals program, I provide my services pro bono to animal shelters and rescues in the Houston area. Are you part of a dog rescue that could use photography to help increase adoptions? Contact me!
Homeless & Orphaned Pets Endeavor (HOPE)
I've been volunteering with HOPE for well over a decade. It started out as fostering dogs for them but then later I got more involved and actually helped run mobile adoption sites on the weekends. Now I work with them primarily on photography and fundraising efforts!
Last year, I organized my first pet calendar photo contest for HOPE (Homeless & Orphaned Pets Endeavor) and helped raise over $5000 for their emergency veterinary fund program. Most of the calendar contest winners were former HOPE adoptees which made the calendar shoots even more fun!
HOPE is an all-volunteer organization formed in 1999. Since its inception, HOPE has helped to rehome over 7,000 dogs and cats in the Houston area. They also have a very robust TNR program to help control the population of feral and community cats.
In 2021, I've joined a team of photographers at the Houston SPCA who take adoption photos of all the new arrivals. The Houston SPCA takes in an enormous amount of animals daily, mostly from cruelty and neglect cases. Last year, they helped over 44,000 animals in the Houston area. I spend several hours each week helping to coax the true personality of these dogs out so they shine in their adoption photos! I constantly find myself in awe of all the different sizes, colors, and breeds of dogs that come in front of my camera.
Wag Again Rescue
This year I'm happy to announce a new partnership with Wag Again Rescue. Wag Again Rescue was founded in 2019 and is based in Pearland, Tx. Their mission is to help the neediest dogs in the Houston area through fostering, adoption, vaccinations, and spay/neutering.
For their Spring fundraiser in April, I'll be photographing dogs with the Easter Bunny! Funds raised go directly to the rescue and their newly opened Canine Resource Center. Bring your pups out this April for a good time and good cause, I hope to see you there!
Want to know more about how other pet photographers are helping dog rescues?
Many of my friends in this pet photographers blog circle are volunteering their time to local dog rescues. Want to know how? Read on!
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