Animal Allies hopes pictures are worth 1,000 adoptions

By KBJR News 1

February 17, 2014 Updated Feb 17, 2014 at 11:33 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Animal Allies posts pictures of pets waiting for their forever homes on its website and Facebook page.

Unfortunately those pictures don't always show the pets at their best.

"Getting his picture on the exam table he would look really terrified," said lead adoption counselor Jennie Connelly.

Volunteer photographer Devon Early says a bad picture can keep some animals from adoption.

"If they don't have a good picture a lot of times they won't get adopted," said Early, "I don't want an animal to not get a home because of bad pictures. So it's really important to draw people in with that initial picture that's really cute or really artistic or really shows the animals personality."

There are a variety of challenges that photographers face when trying to capture the perfect image...especially with animals that have black fur.

Volunteer Photographer Lisa Johnson relishes the opportunity to photograph dark coated critters.

"Through the viewfinder I got a picture of Mason with the sun hitting his face," said Johnson, " he's got a big smile and you can see how short and glossy his coat is and the light is bouncing off his coat and his gorgeous gorgeous brown gold eyes."

Animal Allies now has new equipment, a new volunteer photography staff and a renewed sense of motivation.

Too see the work of Devon, Lisa and nearly a dozen other Animal Allies photographers:


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