In celebration of the new year, I'd like to share some of my favorite photos I've taken volunteering for my local shelter in 2013.
Volunteering has been one of the best choices I've ever made, as I'm constantly in contact with the most adorable cats and dogs, it's like having 20 pets all the time!
This Part 1 is dedicated to some of my favorite animals I've photographed who are still available for adoption through the wonderful Hazel Park Animal Control Center who I work with the most often. You can also like their Facebook page here.
This is Joan of Bark, whose picture I think sums her up very well. Funnily enough, she's not too bad with the barking, but the name was so cute we couldn't resist. She's got lots of energy and lots of love to pass around.
Joan of Barks adoption information is here, on Petfinder.
This is Coco, one of the silliest cats I've ever encountered, who was very fond of the little slit in the front of my portable cat studio. Coco is a little bit of a sad story, as she was surrendered by her owners because they claimed she wasn't using the litterbox. Since she has been at the shelter she has been using her litterbox just fine, and we all love her sweet personality. She's definitely a cuddlebug, that's for sure!
Coco's adoption information is here, on Petfinder.
You must meet Mercedes and Benz, both of whom graced us with their presence as strays. We believe they are siblings, since they arrived together and seem to get along well. They're still adjusting to the shelter, but we're seeing their playful nature and love of a good pet.
Betty is the cutest little thing you could ever hope to find. She came to the shelter as a stray along with another dog, after about a month the owner was located, who came back for the other dog, but never came for Betty (whose original name was Bandit, but I like Betty better personally). She's a little uncomfortable with female dogs but seems to do well with male dogs, and she just loves people.
Betty's adoption information is here, on Petfinder.
This is Kit! Kit came to us as a stray, he's a little nervous around dogs and loud noises, but doesn't seem to mind other cats and absolutely adores a good pet. He'd make a great cuddle buddy for cold winter nights.
Kits adoption information is here, on Petfinder.
This is Chainsaw, who stole my heart the first time I met him. He's got a crinkly ear and the sweetest personality. He was an outdoor cat who found the indoor life suited him better. One of his favorite tricks is climbing up on your shoulders and sitting like a scarf (he's an excellent winter heater). He's also a big fan of water (as his foster mom found out when the bathroom door wasn't shut during a shower, and he decided she needed company.)
Chainsaws adoption information is here, on Petfinder.
My sweet Layla! She came to us as a stray, found in a local park. She's always looking to change the bad rap black cats get, because she's affectionate as can be, loves being petted and will meow right at you to get your attention. She's just the sweetest thing, I love visiting her.
Laylas adoption information is here, on Petfinder.
This is the ever-adorable Blaine, always looking for a little extra lovin' in his day. He came to us as a stray with an injury to his leg, but thankfully that has healed up very nicely. He loves to be held, and has been known to nibble on shoulders to let you know he's hungry (just love nibbles, he's a lover not a fighter).
Blaines adoption information is here, on Petfinder.
This is Rodney! He's got the goofiest ears, which of course I just love. He loves playing with other dogs and cuddling up with his foster parents. He's also a very good car co-pilot and loves going out for a drive, and loves to play keep away with sticks. He's even learned to sit for a treat and is working on shaking paw!
Rodneys adoption information is here, on Petfinder.
I gotta be honest, Joe has to be one of my favorites who have ever come through the shelter (Shh, don't tell the others!) But I couldn't help falling in love with Joe, he's got a big head he likes to rub on you to get your attention, a big personality he'll tell you all about (believe me, he's a talker!), and a bit of style with a tiny little white patch on his chest, he likes to keep up with trends.
Joes adoption information is here, on Petfinder.
Meet Roxxee! She was found by some workers who watched two boys throw her into a bush. Thankfully she was unharmed and when the workers came to check on her, she walked right out and meowed at them, like "Hey, well that wasn't very nice, but you people look like the right kind of people to pet me." They brought her to us, where we've found her to be a very playful kitten who loves to chase balls, sometimes jumping straight up in the air and pouncing on them!
Roxxee's adoption information is here, on Petfinder.
Meet Abigail! She's just one of those lop eared sweethearts looking for the perfect lap to lay on. I think she may have been teased by some other puppies for her (adorable) underbite, so she's pretty mellow, but she loves walks.
Abigails adoption information is here, on Petfinder.
Shawna, well let me tell you about Shawna. She's a bit of a catnip fiend, goes nuts for the little toys that have catnip in them, her gorgeous green eyes get all wide and kitten like and she just loves em. She's so sweet she doesn't even mind being picked up or held for a little bit, so long as you give her a nice long pet and some good food.
Shawnas adoption information is here, on Petfinder.
Thurman is my siamese sweetie, and he's got the softest coat you could ask for. He's got a cataract in one eye, but that doesn't stop him one bit. He loves to be petted and seems to enjoy a good shoulder cuddle now and again.
Thurmans adoption information is here, on Petfinder.
and finally, the perfect snapshot cat, Kodak! He's ready for his forever home, much like Columbus he was found trying to enter a residents home, and despite his explanations of "I landed here, it's mine.", he came to join us at the shelter. He's adjusted well, he thinks of us as his agents doing the forever home seeking work for him. Kodak is very friendly and affectionate, and loves to play and be petted.
Kodaks adoption information is here, on Petfinder.
This is just a sampling of some of my favorite photos, Hazel Park has many more fantastic animals available for adoption you can see right here.
Stay tuned for Part 2, where I'll show you some of my favorite silly animal photos of 2013 and some happy tails of sweet dogs and cats finding their forever homes.