I am passionate about many things. However, in my life, there are two things that stand above the rest: photography and anything to do with dogs (rescuing them, spoiling them, etc.). When I moved to New York City about a year and a half ago, photography took a back seat as I needed to be focused on building a career. But, the love for it never faded and eventually I came to the realization that I missed it. Since there haven’t been any opportunities to incorporate photography into my everyday job, I figured out how I could combine my love for dogs with taking pictures. I decided to reach out and team up with local rescue organizations to take photos of the dogs they have up for adoption and of some of their success stories.
The first partnership I have been able to cultivate is with Mighty Mutts (dogs) & Ollie’s Place (cats). I still maintain to this day, that if I could single-handedly rescue all the animals out there, I would. Unfortunately, I’m not in a position to do that, but Mighty Mutts & Ollie’s Place both are doing a great job of it for me! They have done an incredible job of finding animals new homes and their forever families.
The organization is coming up on their 20th anniversary, and I have partnered with them to launch a project dedicated to celebrating the successes they have had over the past two decades. Over the course of the next few weeks, I will be holding photo shoots for some of the pets and people that have found each other through this incredible organization. As we get closer to their anniversary date in September, through the Dogs of Manhattan blog, we will begin to post photos and stories that illustrate the bond formed between owners who have adopted and rescued pets through Mighty Mutts and Ollie’s Place. The stories will help reinforce the positive impact humans and animals can have on one another. In addition, as we host these photo shoots, I will also be taking photos of dogs available for adoption and posting them to the blog. See below for some dogs that are currently up for adoption from a photo shoot last Saturday in Union Square.
I hope that these stories inspire at least one person to go out and adopt a dog or a cat. I’ll know that I have made a difference and that one more innocent animal will have a second chance at happiness. I encourage you to visit the Mighty Mutts website (http://www.mightymutts.org) to learn more about this wonderful organization. Even if you are unable to adopt at this point in time, you may still be able to help!
This past Saturday, there were six available dogs for adoption hanging out with volunteers from Mighty Mutts in Union Square. Each was loving, sweet, and had saddest look in their eyes as they are just looking for someone to give them the happiness they deserve. As the photos show, they are desperately seeking their forever home:
He is a sweet, young, poodle mix who was rescued from a high intake shelter (aka a kill shelter). He is only about a year old and loves to sit on your lap and cuddle. He does need to be socialized with other dogs, as he has a tendency to bark and be wary of them. But, when he finds the right human who has the patience to work with him, he will do great. He is just looking for love and to be taught that the world isn’t so scary!
Freddy is also a young, poodle mix that was given a second chance to live a wonderful life. He was pulled by Mighty Mutts from a kill shelter. He is also about a year old. Freddy tends to be shy and nervous, which qualifies him as “special needs”. But, all he really needs is someone to give him a chance, take him in and give him the love that he deserves. He is known to be an escape artist so he will need to live indoors where he can’t get to the busy streets. The person who takes Freddy home will need to work with him to build his confidence – especially in a big city with lots of noise. He is very smart, affectionate and gets along with all other dogs. He would make a great addition to any family.
This sweet two year old was also rescued from a high-volume shelter. He is a strikingly beautiful, medium sized American Fox Hound mix. He has a very sweet disposition and is very easy going. He needs a place to be able to run around or an owner who is active as he needs the exercise to get back into shape. He is affectionate and would make a great companion.
Maddox may be found under the word “love” in the dictionary. All he wants it to be hugged and to be as close to his human as possible. He is a two year old and Copper’s brother! Therefore, he was also rescued from a high kill shelter. Essentially, Maddox looks like a large beagle – and to be honest, what is cuter than that?? Since he was given up so young, he still needs some training. But, once his new family works with him he will be the perfect pup.
Meet Tex (aka Dallas):
This is one of the most handsome boxers out there. He is about 5 years old and has not had the best life. He was taken from a very abusive situation, something no animal deserves. Despite all that, he is an affectionate and loving boy. At first he may be a little shy, but when he warms up to you, its all love. This is one super smart boy, he knows sit, stay, paw, and lay-down. He gets along with most dogs. But most importantly this innocent little boy needs a home and family to show him the kindness that does exist in this world.
Kiko is a 14 year old bulldog mix who made the news about two years ago. At the age of 12, Kiko sprang into action to protect his dad from a home invasion. During this heroic act, he was shot at point blank in the head. Miraculously, he survived and is now fully recovered despite having lost his hearing. Unfortunately, since then, his dad fell on some hard times and was unable to continue caring for him. Now, this hero dog needs to find someone who can be his hero and give him the best life has to offer for his remaining years. Kiko is a gentle boy who needs a quiet home where he can spend the rest of his life just being loved and taken care of. He is believed to be deaf so he will need an owner who understands his needs and is patient He is neutered, housebroken, and well mannered, but due to his experiences, it is preferred that he is the only animal in the house.
To learn more about Kiko’s story and recovery please visit http://www.mightymutts.org/blog/rehoming-a-hero.
As I mentioned before, even if now is not the right time for you to adopt a furry friend, please consider donating either time or money to this wonderful organization so they can continue saving lives of both cats and dogs.