Volunteer photography group helping homeless pets find forever homes

Bear and Thor sit in a wheelbarrow - one of Kelly Wolfe's pro tips for keeping pets still for photos.
KELLY WOLFE

Bear and Thor sit in a wheelbarrow - one of Kelly Wolfe's pro tips for keeping pets still for photos.

Kiwi photographers are snapping up the chance to help rescue animals find forever homes, thanks to a new Facebook initiative.

The New Zealand Photographers for Animal Rescue group is a volunteer based enterprise putting rescue animals in touch with amateur and professional photographers.

The resulting images - often captured by professionals - are helping the homeless pets put their best paws forward as they seek adoption.

Over the shoulder shots are a good way to keep puppies still for photos, Kelly Wolfe says.
KELLY WOLFE

Over the shoulder shots are a good way to keep puppies still for photos, Kelly Wolfe says.

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Page admin and Huntly bull farmer Kelly Wolfe comes from a background of pet photography, and is a volunteer for DC Rescue Dogs.

She and two pet photographer friends Tara Sutherland and Carol Howell - known collectively as The Pet Posse - started the group last October.

Polar the greyhound is currently available for adoption via DC Rescue Dogs.
KELLY WOLFE

Polar the greyhound is currently available for adoption via DC Rescue Dogs.

Wolfe says they've had "great response so far" from photographers joining the group, which now has nearly 200 members across the country.

An attention grabbing image proves helpful for pets seeking homes, especially in the online world, Wolfe says.

"An extra special photo can make people look at an animal they might otherwise not look at," she said.

Simba is up for adoption with DC Rescue Dogs.
KELLY WOLFE

Simba is up for adoption with DC Rescue Dogs.

Helensville BARK NZ volunteer and photographer Victoria Logan is a new member of the group, and looks forward to putting her skills to use.

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"Quality photography is really helpful on social network sites, it helps the posts jump out and reaches more potential homes," she said.

Ali Smith of Auckland Puppy Rescue says the charity has been using professional photographers for several years, "but it can be difficult when your puppies are in foster homes all across Auckland".

"This page has been great for us to connect with people in all areas at short notice," she said.

Wolfe says anybody is welcome to join, but it's important members have a genuine willingness to help, and having a background working with animals will be beneficial.

She recommends shooting with an assistant and using toys toys and treats to distract restless pets.

See the group's Facebook page for more.

 - Rodney Times

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