The sweet and sometimes sad faces of dogs waiting to be adopted is just one of those things that tug at your heart strings. And these pup photos are no exception.
Over the last few years, fashion and portrait photographer Richard Phibbs has been photographing furry subjects at the Humane Society of New York as part of the shelters work to find the dogs forever homes.
The portraits of the adorable pups are featured in the new book Rescue Me. The photos are accompanied with each dogs story of abandonment through rescue told by writer and activist Richard Jonas. Royalties from the sale of Rescue Me benefit the Humane Society of New York.
My portraits of homeless animals are not meant to make people feel sad. The goal is to find every animal a home,” said Phibbs.
After looking at these quirky faces, see if you can resist running to your nearest humane society.
As of Tuesday, Chanel and LeeRoy are now the proud parents of a new litter of puppies.
But just a few days before, the pair celebrated their last few days of freedom with a maternity photoshoot far superior to any human’s.
LeeRoy’s owner Amy Rients tells Mashable that the happy couple found one another through a mutual friend.
“Our dogs kind of got match made by our dog groomer,” she says. “She’s actually my very best friend, and she knew we were kind of, not looking actively, but we had not neutered our dog just in case we wanted to breed him. When she ran across Chanel, she gave [Sorensen] our phone number.”
A few days before the due date, Rients brought LeeRoy to Chanel’s owner Kennedy Sorensen’s farm to stage the shoot. When Sorensen shared the finished product on Twitter, their story blew up. The tweet itself garnered more than 37,000 likes and 22,000 retweets.
Sorensen tells Mashable that the puppies are in good health, adding, “Chanel is an amazing mother!”
The 2017 edition of Heartthrobs and Hound Dogs has all the elements of a perfect calendar: Dogs in need of forever homes posing with servicemen who just happen to be completely ripped. It’s the female gaze put to a good cause.
Shirtless dudes + rescue dogs is a proven formula for Ricki Beason, the Texas photographer behind Heartthrobs and Hound Dogs. She told Mashable via phone that the calendar’s 2016 edition featuring military veterans raised about $30,000 for rescue shelters.
“When you pair a rescue dog with a really handsome shirtless guy, people tend to take notice,” she joked.
This year’s calendar features firefighters, police officers and military vets, plus six rescue dogs. Each pup comes from one of the six shelters Beason selected to benefit from the 2017 edition.
Beason is a physical therapist by trade, but took up photography in 2014. At the time, her own adopted dog inspired her to pick up a camera and find a way to benefit the rescue community. Her initiative to photograph rural rescue dogs in need of exposure later inspired her first calendar, a 2015 edition featuring firefighters.
Two years later, the latest edition is available for order with all proceeds set to benefit shelters in Houston, Austin and Dallas.
“Having two rescue dogs myself, I know how much love they can offer you,” Beason said. “I just want people to see them for just how great they are. They deserve a chance in a loving home, they deserve to find love, they deserve to be someone’s most loved pet.”
All dogs are good dogs, and that’s what the Twitter account WeRateDogs is all about.
Unfortunately, some Twitter trolls like one named Brant (Brint? Brent? Bront?) couldn’t seem to understand. Brant tweeted at WeRateDogs to air some grievances against the account’s seemingly lenient standards.
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