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I fervently believe high quality photographs are vital to placing shelter pets in their forever homes, as well as promoting adoption in general. So many people peruse available animals online - a compelling photograph can spur that person to action. I learned this first hand in 1997 when a co-worker brought a newspaper clipping from the Cowlitz County Humane Society in to work, showing a 10 year old Beagle, who spent the next 8 happy years in my home. At the time, I would never have felt comfortable going to the shelter to choose a dog, it would have been too hard to leave the others. I could, however, go specifically for THAT dog. I now volunteer my time and photography at our local shelter, Kitsap Humane Society, photographing adoptable animals, and provided all the images for their 2014 & 2015 calendars, which feature 6 months of KHS "graduates" and 6 months of shelter supporters' pets. I am proud to assist PAWS of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap in their pet centered philanthropy, photographing events and participating in fundraisers. FFP has a calendar and video in the works for PAWS. I am honored to have some of my work featured with that of other pet photographers and artists in an annual coffee table book that benefits Sheltering Helpless Animals in Distress (, an animal shelter in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. In addition to photographing the animals, I photograph fundraising events and provide promotional images for annual auctions, galas, golf tournaments, charity walks, and some adoption events. FFP photographed pets and people with Santa for the Prison Pet Partnership fundraiser, Gig Harbor Mud Bay and Kitsap Humane Society, both at the shelter and holiday portraits at BI Barkery on Bainbridge Island. I am fond of two-foots as well, so this year I am producing the yearbook for the PTA of my kids' school.
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By Sara Harley