Strike a Pose.... Save a Life...

Posted by Pia

Do you ever feel like a certain topic keeps coming up in your daily life? Well recently photography is the one that keeps coming to my attention- both as an art form overall, and with regard to how it can help save the lives of shelter animals specifically.

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Tallulah -

1 Tallulah - "I'm a Westie in the city looking for love." (I'm at The Humane Society of New York) See link at bottom of post for more info. on animals in today's gallery. Photo by Richard Phibbs

Flops -

2 Flops - "I lost my best pal now I'm looking for a new friend..." (I'm at The Humane Society of New York) See link at bottom of post for more info. on animals in today's gallery. Photo by Richard Phibbs

Aleeya -

3 Aleeya - "I'm house trained and soft as velvet." (I'm at The Humane Society of New York) See link at bottom of post for more info. on animals in today's gallery. Photo by Richard Phibbs

Blizzard -

4 Blizzard - "Wanna cuddle?" (I'm at The Humane Society of New York) See link at bottom of post for more info. on animals in today's gallery. Photo by Richard Phibbs

Gigi -

5 Gigi - "I'm just a pup and I love making friends of all species." (I'm at The Humane Society of New York) See link at bottom of post for more info. on animals in today's gallery. Photo by Richard Phibbs

Don Ameche (male Chihuahua)-

6 Don Ameche (male Chihuahua)- "I like sunbathing, gardening and the occasional cigar..." (I'm at The Humane Society of New York) See link at bottom of post for more info. on animals in today's gallery. Photo by Richard Phibbs

Cano -

7 Cano - "I'm a dapper gent with lots of love to give!" (I'm at The Humane Society of New York) See link at bottom of post for more info. on animals in today's gallery. Photo by Richard Phibbs

Frannie -

8 Frannie - "I'm a Polydactyl like Ernest Hemingway's cats! That means I have extra toes!" (I'm at The Humane Society of New York) See link at bottom of post for more info. on animals in today's gallery. Photo by Richard Phibbs

Nancy -

9 Nancy - "I just recovered from a broken leg and now I'm looking for a walking buddy..." (I'm at The Humane Society of New York) See link at bottom of post for more info. on animals in today's gallery. Photo by Richard Phibbs

Pebbles -

10 Pebbles - "I'm super gentle and my tail never stops wagging...never!" (I'm at The Humane Society of New York) See link at bottom of post for more info. on animals in today's gallery. Photo by Richard Phibbs

Mona -

11 Mona - "I'm quite a lady...just saying..." (I'm at The Humane Society of New York) See link at bottom of post for more info. on animals in today's gallery. Photo by Richard Phibbs

Penny, a pooch of few words-

12 Penny, a pooch of few words- "Belly rubs...yes please! (I'm at The Humane Society of New York) See link at bottom of post for more info. on animals in today's gallery. Photo by Richard Phibbs

Jack -

13 Jack - "I'm an adventurous boy with a toothy grin..." (I'm at The Humane Society of New York) See link at bottom of post for more info. on animals in today's gallery. Photo by Richard Phibbs

Photographer Richard Phibbs with assistant photographer and best buddy, Huck.

14 Photographer Richard Phibbs with assistant photographer and best buddy, Huck.

First, it was the photography in The Unexpected Pit Bull Calendar I mentioned a few weeks back. From there I learned of HeARTs Speak, an amazing organization of artists committed to helping animals - join!

Then, on a recent trip with some friends and our dogs, I was bitten by the photography bug myself - so much so, that I began barking lingo at everyone as though I was a professional photographer..."People! People! Focus...Work with me...I'm losing light...losing light here folks "

Upon my return, a friend contacted me about renowned photographer, Richard Phibbs, who recently volunteered his time to help shelter animals in New York. Armed with the eye of an artist and the heart of a true advocate, Phibbs set out to apply his talent to a worthy cause...or in this case, 12 worthy causes...

Father of rescued pooch Huck (see gallery above), Phibbs regulary snaps portraits of celebrities like Toby Maguire, Moby, and Anderson Cooper (also animal advocates, by the way) to name a few. But for Phibbs, his day at the Humane Society of New York proved to be one of the most rewarding yet. Here is what he had to say about it first hand...

"A friend sent me a video about a fellow photographer, Teresa Berg (a member of HeARTs Speak), who helped a rescue group by taking more appealing pictures of the dogs and suddenly adoption success increased significantly. I contacted her and she completely inspired me to do the same."

"I am always wanting to take a picture that does more than sell clothes of promote someone's acting career...Teresa's idea spoke to me. In my travels around the world I am constantly shocked at the volume of suffering of animals on our planet."

Shelter staff worked with Phibbs to create a little studio out of an examination room. Some squeeky toys, a tie and a few scarves, helped Richard interact with the animals and discover what qualities made them each special and unique.

With regard to the experience Phibbs said, "It brought about all sorts of feelings. I had some fear walking in but then was inspired by the wonderful people that work there. The animals we photographed that day were the more difficult ones to place as many have special needs. Each of them was so different and special. A few of the dogs were blind and I felt particular compassion for those pups."

Richard Phibbs eloquently summed up his experience, "With each unique animal I photographed one sees the best of humanity - the people that work tirelessly at the shelter- and the the worst of humanity- the unevolved people who once abused, neglected or abandoned their animal friend."

Phibb's wanted to, "...Shed light on how beautiful and valuable shelter animals are- they should be coveted and honored. Shelter animals are not damaged goods- they are rather unique and can be wonderful additions to you family if you give them a chance."

Phibbs adds, "For me personally, my dog reminds me daily to smell the air." Phibbs hopes his efforts will help to both secure homes for the animals he met that day, as well as to educate others on the plight of shelter animals overall.

Please join me is spreading the word and sharing his photographs. Each and every one in today's gallery is still waiting for a loving home as you read this!

Perhaps our efforts will land Phibbs the honor of photographing them each with a new backdrop - a loving adoptive family! That way he'd get to witness his success in helping others to see these souls as he sees them...perfect little masterpieces...in every way.

In kinship,
Dr. Pia Salk

Check out the information and see more photos of
THE ADOPTABLE ANIMALS IN TODAY'S GALLERY
Or go strait over and meet them in person! - maybe call first ;)

And spread the word!

Comments (7)

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    And hello to you too Dr. Pia. What a good post today showing all those animals. I liked the black and yellow tie. It wouldn’t go with my color so I couldn’t wear it but it sure does look good on those black and white dogs. People sure can be mean to animals of all kinds. People don’t stop to think about what an animal feels. Me for example; If my Mommy or Daddy tells me I’ve been bad I just hang my head and slowly walk away. They don’t have to beat me, just talking to me is enough. They know that I am just an animal and often forget things and act badly at times. I know that even if they don’t like my actions, they still love me and we will “make up” shortly.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hello Dr. Pia,
    Take one, take two....I bet you didn't have to take more than one shot of these beautiful friends. Richard is a fantastic photographer and I think an extraordinary advocate of all animals. There was just a story on our news last night of a horse, no less, that was found in the mountains of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, probably lost since September they felt, with a saddle on him. He had bones showing and saddle sores, but 100's of people wanted to adopt him when well enough. Where are all these people for others to be rescued I ask? Dr. Pia and Mr. Richard you are the best and I loved meeting the new friends in the photos. Please keep us updated as to their adoption statis.
    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • Good morning Dr.Pia,
    Wow, what great pictures. I think Don Ameche would be a great pal for me.
    We're having our first real snow of the winter. Me and Mimi went shopping at Pet Smart yesterday and I have a brand new sweater to keep me warm, just like CoraBelle....Have a great day!
    Your Pal,
    Rebel

  • Hello Dr.Pia,
    I hope your New Year is starting out great! Wow I just spent all this time viewing a lot of talented photographers websites...wonderful work!
    The featured photos here are so cute and hope that all of them have a chance at a fur-ever home.
    Love your Heart Dr.Pia!

    delia & Kitty =^..^=

  • Hi Dr. Pia, Once again you have shared some fantastic photos and information about animals who need super, caring people to take care and love them! Richard Phibbs sure is another great person who cares deeply for animals! Please thank him for all that he does! I love these photos and comments he gave us just like you do!! How wonderful it would be if no animals were disguarded like the horse that Basil talked about. People should never disguard their animal like that-it's so discouraging. Thank God we are getting more people who care! Thanks for letting me know you received that photo of my sweet, little Dudley Do Right! We sent it to The Daily Wag, also. Have a great day and weekend and will see you next week! Jan

  • what great photos..hope all find loving homes like we, glue squaders have..and what kind of a jerk would leave a horse alone in the woods...there is a special place for that person...just like the people who dump cats, mostly pregnant ones at the end of our road..luckily they make it to the farm/ranch and Lucinda feeds and cares for the poor little varmints..if they need medical care and can't be live trapped Lucinda and James throw a gill net (James was a commercial fisherman for 30 years) over them and pick the net like they were a salmon..only with very heavy gloves on...ocassionaly a coyote gets one or the resident bobcat..plus we see a cougar every now and then...and very rarely a lynx (very prety)..but feral cats are prettty savvy..just makes me sad all critters can not be fat and sassy and loved...oh hi to Kebbler Chow..I'm off for a walkabout..later, Cora-Belle

  • The pictures today are so cute, I do hope that all our furry friends will always have a "forever home" with a loving family. I was so excited that Mom let me send my first note yesterday, that I just noticed that I spelled my own name wrong, how silly of me. Guess my "paws" were too big for the keyboard. Till next time....hi... Cora-Belle
    xoxo

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