Volunteers save shelter animals through photography

- Hundreds if not thousands of shelter animals get put down every day, but one group is trying to capture the picture perfect photo of these homeless dogs and cats so they can find a loving home.

We met a playful dog named Luna. She was getting ready for her close up at the Orange County Animal Services. Employees told us her owner couldn’t take care of her anymore and she came in with a fractured right leg.

“This is the first place people should come to adopt because these animals are good pets and they’re the neediest, they’re homeless,” said Paul Wean, founder of Pawsitive Shelter Photography.

Paul Wean and his wife started Pawsitive Shelter Photography in 2011. Paul Wean is an attorney but he combined his passion of animal rights and photography together to form the non-profit group. “We decided that our mission was to present these animals, cats and dogs, in a light that would really induce the public to come here and adopt them,” said Paul Wean.

The Orange County shelter euthanized more than 5,000 animals in 2015. Even though that’s a 34 percent decrease from 2014 it’s still hard to stomach for animal lovers. So, the right picture may just save these dogs lives. “They need homes and they just don’t find homes in the time that they get here and because of space they just get put down,” said Wean.

Pawsitive Shelter Photography has photographed more than 13,000 animals at local shelters. The group uses colorful bandanas, ties, and other props to get the animals’ picture ready. They use squeaky toys, give them treats, and make all sorts of noises to get them to strike a pose.

“We give them some love, let them know that they’re comfortable, we’re comfortable, and they’re real personality comes out,” said one of the photographers Jacqueline Randolph.

The group says dogs with medical conditions, like Luna are the hardest to find a permanent home. “Luna didn’t let her fractured leg inhibit her whatsoever. You could see how friendly she was, how lovable she was, very approachable and that goes to show a potential adopter they can love her just as easily with a fractured leg,” said Randolph.

If you would like more information about how to adopt these animals or you would like information on how to volunteer with the group visit these websites: Pawsitive Shelter Photography Facebook

PAWSITIVE SHELTER PHOTOGRAPHY -- Saving Good Pets Through Better Photography

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