September 22, 2012

shelter dogs

Shelter Dogs - photos by Andreas Holm. The story of dog - Notes from the Pack.

"… only one of four dogs who end up living in our homes come from shelters in any given year.   
Most people get their dogs from breeders or from pet stores while perfectly wonderful puppies   
and dogs are left to die in shelters every single day.   

Those statistics were bad enough, but the one that got me in the gut is this:   
If just two in four people, instead of one in four people, went to shelters   
instead of breeders or pet stores to get their next dog, then the entire   
problem of killing dogs… would be statistically eliminated across the country…   
there would be more adopters than there are dogs in the shelters."   

- Kim Kavin   


Shelter Dogs - photos by Andreas Holm. The story of dog - Notes from the Pack.

Shelter Dogs - photos by Andreas Holm. The story of dog - Notes from the Pack.

Shelter Dogs - photos by Andreas Holm. The story of dog - Notes from the Pack.

Shelter Dogs - photos by Andreas Holm. The story of dog - Notes from the Pack.

Shelter Dogs - photos by Andreas Holm. The story of dog - Notes from the Pack.

Shelter Dogs - photos by Andreas Holm. The story of dog - Notes from the Pack.


Andreas Holm's Incredible Portraits of Shelter Dogs.   
See the full project here.   




September 17, 2012

deciding


Stella the Rhodesian Ridgeback contemplates what's for lunch. Notes from the Pack.

Keeping an animal in the house is so familiar now   
that it's easy to forget how   
fundamentally odd it is,   
and what a leap it must have been   
to share living quarters with a non-human life form   
just to have its company.   

Dogs worked hard for the privilege, developing as a species   
the capacity to empathize,   
or appear to empathize, with human beings   
better than any other animal; it's this talent,   
rather than their intelligence, that accounts for their being   
the preeminent animals in our lives.   

- Susan Orlean   




September 12, 2012