Millions of dirty, scared, and disoriented dogs enter shelters and rescue centres each year. Upon arrival, they have a photo taken which usually doesn't do the dogs any justice. Photos are often under/overexposed, taken from unflattering angles, have cluttered backgrounds, dogs looks scared or unhappy, and the list goes on.
A positive photo of a well-groomed dog means the dog has a better chance at adoption!
"Shelter dogs aren't broken,
they've simply experienced more life than other dogs. If they were human, we would call them wise.
They would be the ones with tales to tell and stories to write, the ones dealt a bad hand who responded with courage.
Don't pity a shelter dog. Adopt one.
And be proud to have their greatness
by your side."
Dog photographer Madeleine Vieira has been creating beautiful portraits of homeless dogs in shelters and rescue centres which has helped raise awareness, increase adoption rates substantially and cut down time in foster care from 3 - 6 months to 8 weeks, making room for more homeless dogs.
Madeleine's volunteer efforts have saved hundreds of dogs and it is her mission to help give shelter and rescue dogs the second chance they deserve by doing photoshoots in dog shelters and rescue centres, processing the photos, providing web files to the shelters and rescue centres for their website, and sharing those images via social media.