Carly Sutherland is an animal rescuer, photographer and steadfast advocate, dedicated to creating change for animals. Her project , Carrots&Carlos, is committed to finding new ways to protect the most vulnerable, save at-risk lives, and provide resources for others who are interested in getting involved. She also offers media service support for animal rescue organizations, which is used to draw public attention to their cause.
Carly travels to local non-profit organizations to capture the emotional lives of rescued animals, transport those at-risk, and lead a program to promote fostering in the community. She photographs upwards of 600 animals every year, and donates much of her time to helping others saving lives.
With the support of her partner, Bryan, she's also dedicated to rehabilitating sick, abused, abandoned, neglected, and orphaned animals. Check out the Carrots&Carlos Instagram, where Carly shares inspiring and fun images from the daily life of an animal advocate and foster home!
Where it All Started
At 12 years old, Carly's life changed while volunteering with her mom at a local animal shelter. She always loved those weekends and spending time with the animals, but a quiet Sunday in 2003 was the defining moment in the person she would become. It was the day she met her first best friend.
Sophie was a tiny puppy sick with the parvovirus, who had been shot, and was found running as a stray with her mother. She was indescribably cute, absolutely petrified, and had a line of people who wanted to adopt her. That was, until the shelter found out that she was sick. Because of her illness, every potential adopter backed out...but this only made Carly want her more.
After lots of research, she worked diligently (and probably annoyingly) to explain the virus to her parents, and to convince them that they should save this young dog's life. Eventually it worked, and they adopted Sophie on January, 21st 2003!
After many wonderful years together as best friends, and before Sophie's passing in August of 2016, Carly made Sophie a promise that she would save others like her. And so she does.
This was the very early start of Carly's start in rescue. Since, she's worked first hand with wildlife rescue organizations, animal rescue shelters, and farm animal sanctuaries to rehabilitate animals and capture their journeys during refuge. She's created a life that supports the fostering and rescue of animals, and the opportunity to create a change for the most vulnerable.
Carly's pack today consists of her husband, Bryan, and 3 rescued animals- a cat named Chuck and 2 dogs, Meg and Pig. Their stories can be found in our favorite foster tales!