Making a Difference: Photographer Donates Time to Shelters

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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 pictures.

    • 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.

  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…

  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!

  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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