For the Underdogs
How I got started photographing shelter animals.
As the saying goes, 'a photo is worth one thousand words', but I think many fewer are needed. One word can save a life because capturing the heart is as simple as 'awe'.
We started working with the SPCA of Northeastern North Carolina in 2016 volunteering & fostering animals, which eventually led to my weekly visits to photograph animals for advertising in the local paper.
With social media being a significant piece of most people's lives, we believe the right photo can mean the difference between capturing the heart or scrolling past. This is why I started Project Secondhand Mutts in 2018, photography to help homeless animals in Northeastern North Carolina. Every week I visit the shelter to spend time with & take photos of animals in this open-intake facility, which are used for adoption profiles & advertising adoptable animals- all in an effort to help reduce the number of homeless animals in my community.
What brought us here today.
Our relationship with the at-risk dog & cat communities goes deeper than the time spent volunteering. Along with currently having three adopted animals & two fosters in our home, the newest member of our pack, Pig, was one of those high-risk dogs who very well would have been a sad statistic had she not stumbled into the right people.
Found starving, sick & abandoned, there was no room at the shelter for Pig, but a kind woman named Judy wouldn't give up. She found a sponsor for her treatment, asked us to foster through her recovery & named her Faith- because she had faith that she could save this dog. With every intention to adopt her out once she was healthy, what we didn't know then is that she would become a permanent member of our pack!
Why photograph homeless animals?
We want to help more Pig's. We want to help more homeless animals reach a larger audience, while advocating for adoption, for foster programs & for making the world a kinder place together.
September of 2018 marks the start of this project to help the underdogs...& undercats!