What have you done to Be the Change for Animals?
Consistency. I think that would be the number one thing that I personally do each and every week for the animals. Honestly , it is for myself as well. By actively participating as a photography volunteer at the Roanoke Valley SPCA, I give myself that break from the normal routines of the week and a photographic outlet to stretch my artistic mind. I have been at the shelter once a week with the exception of about 3 or 4 weeks since November of 2010. I love being a part of the rescue process for so many wonderful and beautiful animals. It truly thrills me when I can witness an adoption and the eventual walk out the door to a new life.
What I have learned is that there is an endless stream of lost and unwanted animals. It breaks my heart to look so deeply into the animal’s eyes and see the hope of a loving home. Those that have known kindness previously in their little lives and for a variety of circumstances find themselves homeless and those that have never known warmth and kindness from humans. Those precious souls don’t give up on finding the right home and show it each time someone new walks by their kennels. Mostly the dogs, the cats are a little more reserved. But even the stoic kitties will extend a paw through their cage just to grab a piece of human attention. They just want to be loved and touched.
Photography is sometimes more than just getting the perfect shot. It is about calming down an anxious animal, allowing a dog to get the zoomies out, and just being another human contact for the animals. The more exposures that the animals have to different people the more likely they are to be able to bond quickly with their future families.
This blog is my attempt outside of my local shelter to help pay forward the knowledge I have learned and continue to learn so that others may improve their own local shelters. A bad photo will get overlooked and a good photo can make the difference.