Humane Society of Southern Arizona: One Picture Saves a Life

What was the money or product used for?

The provided camera, lens and photo editing software is used to take portraits of our adoptable animals for petfinder, our website, social media sites, publications, media spots, etc. Grooming products were used to spruce up our dirtiest residents.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

One Picture Saves A Life has helped us show off our pets in the best light. Captivating, quality portraits are able to convey a positive message about shelter pets and motivate more people to consider welcoming an adopted animal into their lives. The tools and knowledge offered at One Picture Saves a Life enables us to take the best pictures possible under the inherent constraints of working a fast-paced animal shelter. The provided Rebel T3 with 50mm is lens ideal for taking a beautiful photo with ease. Seth Casteel did a thorough job of making sure we understood how to use the camera and how to bring out the unique personality of each animal. I am so grateful for the inspiring opportunity to hone my skills to help more pets.

How many pets did this grant help?

Since attending the workshop, I have taken more than 100 pets’ photos to be featured throughout the community.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

1.) Keet the parakeet was immediately adopted by someone who saw her photo on facebook. She now enjoys the perfect life with another parakeet and plenty of room to stretch her wings.

2 & 3.) We receive plenty of senior pets at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona (like Shelby and Spencer). Better photos help us highlight these wonderful companions in all of their grace and splendor.

4.) We recently ran out of peanut butter for our enrichment program. Within hours of putting out a plea on facebook with a cute photo, we received more than 50 jars of donated PB!

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