17 Inspiring Photo Series That Celebrate the Unique Beauty of Shelter Animals

Shelter Dogs Elke Vogelsang

Photo: Elke Vogelsang

Combining their love of pets with their compassion for creatures in need, many mindful animal photographers employ rescues as their subjects. Created to both highlight each animals' unique beauty and promote adoption, each photographer's series offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of shelter animals.

Predominantly starring shelter dogs and cats, these projects range from poignant to playful. Some simply present raw portraits of overlooked animals, while others incorporate silly props and clever muses. Regardless of style or artistic approach, however, each evocative series successfully exhibits the touching stories and distinctive personalities of these potential pets.

Many photo series starring rescue animals focus on the beauty of shelter dogs and cats with poignant portraits.

Flower Power by Sophie Gamand

Shelter Dogs Flower Power Sophie Gamand

Photo: Sophie Gamand

Shelter Dogs Flower Power Sophie Gamand

Photo: Sophie Gamand

Shelter Dogs Flower Power Sophie Gamand

Photo: Sophie Gamand

 

Rescue Me by Richard Phibbs

Animal Shelter Dogs Rescue Animals Pet Photos

Photo: Richard Phibbs

Animal Shelter Dogs Rescue Animals Pet Photos

Photo: Richard Phibbs

Animal Shelter Dogs Rescue Animals Pet Photos

Photo: Richard Phibbs

 

Overlooked Black Dogs by Shaina Fishman

Animal Shelter Dogs Rescue Animals Pet Photos

Photo: Shaina Fishman

Animal Shelter Dogs Rescue Animals Pet Photos

Photo: Shaina Fishman

Animal Shelter Dogs Rescue Animals Pet Photos

Photo: Shaina Fishman

 

Finding Home by Traer Scott

Animal Shelter Dogs Rescue Animals Pet Photos

Photo: Traer Scott

Animal Shelter Dogs Rescue Animals Pet Photos

Photo: Traer Scott

Animal Shelter Dogs Rescue Animals Pet Photos

Photo: Traer Scott

 

Why We Rescue by Theron Humphrey

Animal Shelter Dogs Rescue Animals Pet Photos

Photo: Theron Humphrey

Animal Shelter Dogs Rescue Animals Pet Photos

Photo: Theron Humphrey

Animal Shelter Dogs Rescue Animals Pet Photos

Photo: Theron Humphrey

 

Landfill Dogs by Shannon Johnstone

Animal Shelter Dogs Rescue Animals Pet Photos

Photo: Shannon Johnstone

Animal Shelter Dogs Rescue Animals Pet Photos

Photo: Shannon Johnstone

Animal Shelter Dogs Rescue Animals Pet Photos

Photo: Shannon Johnstone

 

Shelter Cats by Michael Kloth

Animal Shelter Dogs Rescue Animals Pet Photos

Photo: Michael Kloth

Animal Shelter Dogs Rescue Animals Pet Photos

Photo: Michael Kloth

Animal Shelter Dogs Rescue Animals Pet Photos

Photo: Michael Kloth

 

Shelter Puppies by Michael Kloth

Animal Shelter Dogs Rescue Animals Pet Photos

Photo: Michael Kloth

Animal Shelter Dogs Rescue Animals Pet Photos

Photo: Michael Kloth

Animal Shelter Dogs Rescue Animals Pet Photos

Photo: Michael Kloth

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Kelly Richman-Abdou

Kelly Richman-Abdou is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. An art historian living in Paris, Kelly was born and raised in San Francisco and holds a BA in Art History from the University of San Francisco and an MA in Art and Museum Studies from Georgetown University. When she’s not writing, you can find Kelly wandering around Paris, whether she’s leading a tour (as a guide, she has been interviewed by BBC World News America and France 24) or simply taking a stroll with her husband and two tiny daughters.

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