Yesterday we told you a little bit about Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week, an event reminding us that some of the most lovable pets out there can’t be described as cookie-cutter “perfect.” Older pets, Pitt bull mixes, animals with health issues, and black-haired pets often tend to be relegated to the background, while puppies and kittens are easily adopted out. It’s a sad situation, but luckily a few people are trying to reverse the trend.
Teresa Berg is a professional pet photographer based in Dallas, TX. She believes that many shelter pets go unadopted because they aren’t presented in the best light (literally). Websites often publish photos of pets waiting for homes, but if you’ve ever clicked around one of these online bulletin boards, you’ve probably seen a bunch of sad-looking photos.
The number one job for shelter workers is to attend to animals’ health and basic needs, which means that publicity, social media and photography are not top concerns. Professionals like Berg, who have the skill and desire to capture a more realistic and likable image of dogs and cats, can help increase adoption rates.
Berg has been devoting time to replacing bad pet adoption photos with better ones, and she encourages other professional photographers to do the same. Watch a video about her creatively heroic efforts below, and as always, feel free to share your own pet adoption stories and pet photos with us!