A couple of months ago, I applied to be a member of HeARTspeak, which is an organization that gathers photographers and artists to capture adoptable pets in various animal shelters across the world. We, as artists, capture the essence and personality of these animals through our photographs, which are then presented in the adoption websites. The goal is that these photographs will lead to a faster adoption rate for the shelters.
After officially being accepted by HeARTspeak, I applied to volunteer for Louie's Legacy in Staten Island as a photographer. They immediately contacted me and invited me to one of their adoption events that occurred at the Westerleigh Folk Festival this past Saturday.
Remember that scene in Goodfellas where Karen gets married and she is just overwhelmed from meeting soo many people? That was how I felt when meeting the staff and foster parents at Louie's Legacy, there were alot of people working the tables and soo many foster families taking care of adoptable dogs. It really puts into perspective how many pets really NEED a home.
If you are interested in any of the captured dogs, I hyperlinked the images to their adoption profiles in Petfinder.
(BTW, by the time I was composing this post, I believe some of the pets that I've met were being adopted since I couldn't find their entry on Petfinder. Wow, things move fast!)