The Human Society of Utah is always coming up with creative ways to adopt out more dogs, from hosting their annual Wags to Wishes Gala to creating photobooth pics of shelter pups.
Their photobooth pictures have turned out to be one of their most successful campaign ideas to date. The organization worked with talented photographer Guinnevere Shuster to create the photos.
The results the first time around were so great that they decided to have another go at it. Shuster has a knack for making overlooked dogs more noticeable to prospective adopters. In the past, he has used unique props like flower crowns to help black dogs stand out.
His photobooth series doesn’t rely on any extra fluff – instead, it’s all about capturing the heart and personality of the pup in front of the camera. And it works!
Most of the dogs that he photographs end up getting adopted, falling into the forever home they so very much deserve, and yearn for.
Take a look at the photos for yourself to see why so many of these adorable dogs have already been adopted into loving homes – much thanks to the Utah Humane Society and Shuster’s photography.
Status: Successfully adopted!
Every year in the US, an estimated 6.5 million pets enter U.S. animal shelters. 3.3 million are dogs, and 3.2 million are cats.
This may sound like a lot, but the ASPCA estimates this number is actually lower than it was in 2011, when an estimated 7.2 million animals were booked into shelters nationwide.
Sadly, around 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized each year – around 670,000 of which are dogs and 860,000 cats. This is less than the number of companion animals euthanized in 2011, which was around 2.6 million.
On a happier note, around 3.2 million shelter animals are adopted every year. (1.6 million dogs and 1.6 million cats.)
Some 710,000 animals who are processed through shelters as strays are able to reconnect with their rightful owner and return home. This number includes around 90,000 cats and 620,000 dogs.
Experts predict there are 78 million pet dogs and 85.8 million pet cats residing in the US.
Around 44% of all households are home to a dog and 35% are home to one or more cats.
40% of dog owners say they learned about their now beloved dog through word of mouth, 46% of cat owners say the same.
Around 23% of dogs are adopted from animal shelters or the humane society, while 31% of cats come from shelters.
20% of dogs and 28% of cats come from friends or relatives.
The majority of dogs, 34%, are purchased from a breeder. While just 3% of cats come from a breeder.
An estimated 27% of cats are adopted in off the street as a stray.
How do so many animals end up in shelters? The ASPCA’s National Rehoming Survey found that pet problems are the number one reason people turn their pets over to a shelter. 47% of dogs were rehomed because of pet problems, and 42% of cats.
Pet problems include aggression, behavioral issues, animal grew larger than anticipated, or health problems the owner wasn’t equipped to handle.
Along with these adorable photoshoots, other lifesaving programs instituted by the incredible Humane Society of Utah include:
- Maintaining a strong transfer network that includes more than 140 partner facilities to place cats and dogs. Plus, they have over 200 foster homes.
- Animal behavior assessments that include positive reinforcement training, and enriching activities that keep pets mentally and emotionally stable and healthy while under their care.
- Consistently launching new social media marketing campaigns to bring awareness to pets in need of a home.
- Promoting legislation and ordinances in the state to help improve animal welfare.
- Constantly educating the public, including children, on proper animal care and issues facing homeless pets.
- Offering free and or affordable spay and neutering services in their in-house clinic.
8. Little Bear
9. Bit O’ Honey
12. CJ & His Brother Badger
Looking for a new four-legged bestie? Adopt, don’t shop!
Check out the Humane Society of Utah’s currently available pets for adoption, or search an animal shelter near you.