This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day: That something as simple as a good photograph can increase the likelihood of an abandoned dog being adopted is well documented.
Emily Tanen had witnessed the effects of a professional photoshoot on an unwanted dog’s chances first hand during her time at the Manhattan branch of Animal Care and Control of New York City, when she took it upon herself to upgrade the shelter operator’s disposable camera to her own $1,500 Nikon, only to see the number of rescued dogs increase.
Hired as a liaison between ACCNYC and the groups that rescue shelter animals, Tanen says she was eventually fired for going out of her way to take better photos of pit bulls in a last-ditch effort to save them from being euthanized.
Tanen was told that she had violated the policy that prohibits photographing the dogs interacting with humans.
“I think they just didn’t want photos of animals that they were about to kill looking cute and adoptable and happy with people,” she says, “but they said it was because their research showed that photos with people didn’t encourage people to adopt.”
Sadly, for many of the dogs in ACCNYC’s care, Tanen was the last line of defense. Rescue groups would often be persuaded by her photos to take animals they would otherwise have passed on.
“I still remember Domino’s photo — the first pit bull we pulled from Manhattan,” Dog Habitat Rescue founder Jay Lombard said. “He was within 12 hours of being destroyed when Emily snapped a photo of him and attached it to an e-mail. That image hit me hard and I couldn’t turn away.”
Above: Compare Tanen’s handiwork with the ACCNYC’s sorry excuse for a snapshot.
Heartbreaking Tearjerker of the Day: Tarra, a resident of the Elephant Sanctuary near Nashville, attracted media attention two years ago due to her unlikely friendship with a mixed-breed dog named Bella who had wandered onto the sanctuary grounds. Sadly, Bella was attacked and killed by coyotes two weeks ago.
Since then, Tarra has been inconsolable.
“There’s nothing we can do to take away her pain,” said sanctuary CEO Rob Atkinson, who added that the other elephants were doing what they could to ease Tarra’s heartache — keeping her company and offering her some of their food — but the wound of losing her best friend is still far too fresh.
I’M NEVER GOING TO STOP CRYING
fuck all y’all, i am openly sobbing at this. and to anyone who says animals can’t feel pain or compassion, just look at elephants. Seriously.
I’ve been trying to integrate the dogs more with my ancient cats. Handsome is meek and deferent about it, while Tinkerbell gets kind of jealous and intense. Her prey drive is a bit higher, so she’d be better suited to a cat-free home.
They are both so, so wonderful. I can keep either of them (as Tink’s prey drive could be manageable with training), and if they both found homes I could keep neither of them, but I’m not capable of taking care of them both.
SOMEONE ADOPT ONE OF THESE DOGS
LOOK HOW GORGEOUS AND SWEET THEY ARE
Handsome come here and let me snuggle your precious little face
I’d snuggle Tink too, but holy lol the face Handsome is making, I cannot deal with this, I need him to be sleeping on my lap now