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photos giving shelter dogs a second chance

You know that photographer who does the awesome photos of dogs underwater? You’ve likely seen them and shared them…

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photo source: littlefriendsphoto.com, Seth Casteel

photo source: littlefriendsphoto.com, Seth Casteel

photo source: littlefriendsphoto.com, Seth Casteel

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photo source: littlefriendsphoto.com, Seth Casteel

That photographer is Seth Casteel, and he does more than just take groundbreaking photos of pets. He does groundbreaking work for pets.

In addition to his life as a world-renowned photographer and New York Times Best Selling Author, in 2007, he started volunteer work to help homeless pets find loving families. Through photography, he showcases these animals-in-need in a positive light that captures their true personalities. Casteel created a Web site, Second Chance Photos, that is dedicated to this quest. The Web site explains

When a dog or cat arrives at an animal shelter, it often is scared, dirty and disoriented. As part of the intake process, the animal has their photo taken, and this untimely photo is the face that people see when looking to potentially adopt a pet. An inaccurate headshot can hurt its chances of adoption, but an uplifting, hopeful portrait can save its life.

Check out this before & after:

photo credit: secondchancephotos.com

photo credit: secondchancephotos.com

AMAZING, right? Which dog would you be more likely to adopt? Wait–it’s the same dog!

The Second Chance Photos Web site aims to educate shelter photographers, offering technical guidance and even a free pdf of shelter pet photography tips. Another goal of the organization is to increase awareness about rescue and adoption. Second Chance Photos also orchestrates fundraisers so shelters can purchase better photography equipment. Casteel and Second Chance Photos also conduct workshops for shelters.

The work they do is amazing, and something that often gets overlooked. But, oh, what a difference it makes! Connect with Second Chance Photos on Twitter and Facebook.


5 Comments on “photos giving shelter dogs a second chance”

  1. The underwater shots are amazing!

  2. This is really great! This past Saturday I spent the day volunteering with a pit bull rescue and brought my camera along. The dogs were out and about, getting treats, toys and attention in front of PetFood Express. It was a great time for photos and we got some amazing shots. I’m no photographer like Seth but I absolutely believe in what he’s doing. It makes all the difference in the world!

  3. […] next? The museum is currently working on an exhibit of Seth Casteel‘s Underwater Dogs, scheduled to open this month in the online […]


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