Shelter Dogs Get Glamour Shots to Help Them Find Forever Homes

Shelter Dogs Get Glamour Shots to Help Them Find Forever Homes

How one photographer hopes to promote emotional connection with rescue animals.

By Kristyn Pomranz

Just in case you have missed our regular recitation of shelter statistics, let us (and John Stamos) remind you that according to the ASPCA, over 7.6 million animals enter shelters every year, and 2.7 million of those will wind up euthanized. Solving the pet overpopulation crisis is not easy, but it begins with #AdoptDontShop.

One huge proponent of shelter adoption? Richard Phibbs, a fashion photographer who dedicates his talents and free time to the Humane Society of New York. Phibbs has photographed over 600 abused and abandoned animals with the hope that he can showcase their amazing personalities and more quickly find them forever homes.

“I am overwhelmed at the volume of suffering of animals that I see,” Phibbs told PeoplePets. “I often walk around when I travel, broken-hearted of the suffering that I see. So I’ve found that by volunteering, by taking portraits of these animals, that I’m somehow easing some suffering on this planet…I just wanted to take pictures of animals so they would get homes more quickly. That was purely my goal.”

For more information on Richard Phibbs ans his work with the Humane Society of New York, please visit

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