Make any pet more adoptable with a great photo!


All this week we’ve been talking about the many great less-adoptable pets in shelters and rescue groups. But the truth is, any pet is less-adoptable if potential adopters can’t see his or her wonderful qualities.


Meet “purr-y” senior Snitters in our Less-Adoptable-Pet photo gallery.

And the easiest way to show off a pet’s sparkling personality is with a great photo. That’s why one of the best ways you can volunteer is by taking photos of homeless pets for their Petfinder profiles.

Gizmodo has the story of (and a video about) Teresa Berg, a professional photographer who volunteers with Dallas-Fort Worth Dachshund Rescue Foundation. Berg’s photos helped the organization double its adoption rate.

“We would cut foster care from three to six months down to eight weeks,” Berg told CBS Dallas-Fort Worth. “That made me feel good.” She now trains others in the art of photographing shelter pets.

Pets who especially benefit from thoughtful photographs include cats and black dogs. After the jump: Some of our favorite blog posts with tips on photographing shelter pets.

More about photographing shelter pets:

How to take better photos of dogs in shelters; plus: tips for photographing deaf dogs

Tips for photographing shelter cats

Tips on photographing shelter pets

More about this story:

Gizmodo: How to Save a Dog’s Life? Take Better Pictures

CBS Dallas-Fort Worth: Photographer’s Work Helps Save Dogs’ Lives

Teresa Berg’s website