Making a Difference: Photographer Donates Time to Shelters

By Susan Fischer
I have been an animal lover since before birth I think. The passion for photography began at a young age as well. I am self taught, no fancy diploma, just a one woman show. I spent my life working in veterinary hospitals in various positions and so had the opportunity to learn a great deal about animals. Mostly, I think I learned FROM them, and from their owners.

I learned about loyalty, love and selflessness and mostly about the umbilical cord that binds us and our pets so closely together. Through personal losses and tragedies of my own, I learned the importance of memories and moments, decided to combine my two passions, and began photographing pets, for something their owners could hold on to forever.

Unfortunately, I also learned about abuse, neglect, and abandonment. I guess I learned that contrary to what I had always believed, not all humans are essentially good. I have been donating much of my time photographing dogs for the website of a local rescue organization for almost two years now and have recently been photographing cats, kittens and other animals rescued by a local veterinary hospital.

It’s amazing to think that a good photograph can give a dog, cat, or guinea pig a second chance at a forever home. For those who have taught and given me so much, it’s my small way of giving back.

-Susan Fischer
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29 thoughts on “Making a Difference: Photographer Donates Time to Shelters”

  1. My husband and I did the Pet of the week pictures for our local SPCA for over a year. It isn’t as easy as it looks. But it helps get peoples attention on the various animals that are in the shelter. It’s a great way for someone to volunteer. Especially for the Petfinder.com pictures.

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    • You’re right, it’s not always easy. But like the animals I photograph, I make do with what I have. Oh and by the way, I believe the pics I take are also posted on Petfinder.

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  2. I hate to intimate that most Humans are “sold” on everything via good photography, but it’s TRUE, nevertheless. A good photo can vastly improve chances for adoption.
    I wish other talented photographers would get involved with their local animal shelters…

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  3. We have a photog here in Eastern Washington that does the same thing. We need to get the word out that shelters need foster homes AND volunteer photographers!

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  4. there are several photographers that I know that take pics. for their local shelters and I couldn’t be happier about it, I think it really does help the animals find new homes. good job and keep up the good work!

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