Just because renowned photographer Richard Phibbs refuses to photograph models wearing fur, does not mean he is not a huge lover and advocate for those who naturally don their own fur!
Yep... artist extraordinaire, father to Huck the pup, dear friend to us here at the Daily Wag and committed animal advocate Richard Phibbs, is back volunteering his valuable time for the sake of shelter animals like Shelby and Pumpkin (see gallery above).
Having had the good fortune to meet Richard earlier this year, at The Humane Society of New York- I am pleased to once again unveil evidence of his good deeds to all of you DW readers! Phibbs' down to earth nature and sensitivity for animals of all shapes, sizes and species, is contagious. This highly sought after artist, who's work commands a pretty penny, is an advocate and activist at heart.
Phibbs' sense of ethics and personal responsibility provides a solid example for anyone inclined to apply their individual skills/talents to the greater good. The power that an image can have to save lives and help to secure loving forever homes for millions of homeless shelter animals is not lost on this uber talented artist. Phibbs' commitment to educating the public on the plight of shelter animals and the importance of adoption.
His images showcase just a handful of the lovable souls, many former family pets, who end up homeless and in shelters for no fault of their own Each with his/her own story, adoptable animals everywhere are just waiting to become a best friend and loyal member of the lucky family that chooses to adopt.
While Phibbs' name precedes him, each and every one of us can apply our unique talents to getting these loyal critters seen and then hopefully adopted into loving homes. But as I always say, and as Phibbs clearly understands, they need to be seen first-and a good clear image is critical to assuring this will happen- then they can be saved, fostered, adopted, and ultimately loved!
You need not be a professional photographer to provide the critical link in getting animals seen and saved. Anyone can use their FaceBook page, snap-and-shoot-camera, video recorder, personal website, artistic ability, Twitter, Pinterest and various other simple means to save lives.
Be sure to forward today's post and photo gallery to others, and sign up to volunteer in your area. Many a worthy waiting soul will benefit in ways that help both that individual animal... as well as the plight shared by thousands of animals who, at this very moment, are waiting hopefully in shelters across the nation.
Dr. Pia Salk
Next Thursday, we'll have even for more Phibbs' photos of adoptable companion animals!