We have all heard the famous saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words,” but what if it can save thousands of lives instead? Each year, approximately 8,000 animals arrive at The Humane Society of St. Lucie County. As each pet arrives, a photo is taken by shelter staff to capture its appearance for record purposes, but also to display online to entice potential adopters. Most of these photos are of the pet in the evaluation room of the shelter or in the kennel, without a beautiful backdrop or perfect lighting.
Studies show that nicely taken photos of a homeless pet can increase the pet’s chances for adoption greatly. Add three photos and a video, and the chances increase even more. Professional or hobbyist photographers and videographers are encouraged to volunteer their time and skill to help capture these beautiful creatures and their personalities. The Humane Society will not only use these photos for pet adoption, but often utilizes them for shelter promotions. In return, credit is given to the artist, which can provide great visibility for the photographer/videographer, and the images are often a great addition to an artist’s portfolio.