I had no idea that so many animals are lost and abandoned, neglected and forgotten, right outside our city limits. I began to get involved, promoting adoptables and volunteering at spay/neuter clinics. Along the way, I picked up my first digital camera and eventually volunteering at events morphed into photographing adoptable dogs, combining my love of photography with animal rescue! I’m so excited that I can provide a volunteer service that helps puppies and dogs get adopted to great homes.
Over the past 15 years I have photographed well over a thousand puppies and dogs, each and every one was deserving of a family to call their own.
I urge everyone who is interested in helping to check out local rescue organizations. Try fostering, donate time or supplies or money, spread the word, spay/neuter, adopt not shop, and above all have compassion for those that have no voice.
Currently I volunteer with Animal Rescue Foundation, an organization that has grown by leaps and bounds since it’s inception in 1995. I have enjoyed photographing dogs for them, and have fostered 15 puppies to date which is an incredibly rewarding experience. To learn more about ARF Alberta, and see the list of current adoptable dogs please visit their website www.arf.ab.ca.
I am an artist member of Hearts Speak, an organization of like-minded artists who donate their time and talents to helping rescue animals. Check out their great website at www.heartsspeak.org.
As a lifelong student, I am continuously learning and striving to improve my skills. I have spent some time in classrooms over the years, achieving a certificate of completion in photography from a local university as well as various other classes that interest me.
I also have a keen interest in dog behavior and positive training techniques. I use my own personal experiences and knowledge of positive training to help make photo sessions enjoyable for the dogs.