Animal shelters are getting increasingly creative with their efforts to find furr-ever homes for the homeless pets who are in their care. Recently, Virginia’s Chesapeake Humane Society jumped into the creative ring with pet glamour shots featuring cats in what some may describe as “bizarre” retro photographs.
Bizarre or not, the photos are fun and they serve a purrfectly awesome purpose – to boost adoptions! Michelle Dumas, the Humane Society’s volunteer and marketing coordinator, told ABC News about the inspiration behind the unique photo project which was created to honor Homeless Animal Awareness, “We were talking about different ways to get the cats noticed this week…this year we decided we wanted to something a little quirky to get some attention. We all started talking and it just kind of snowballed from there.”
With the help of shelter outreach coordinator Teresa Stephens, who is also the Pet Glam photographer, and some funky backgrounds found using Google, the funky, and well, admittedly hilarious, photos were created. The shelter is uploading the images to its Facebook page, along with some fun descriptions, and the retro glam photo project is quickly becoming a certifiable hit. Media outlets ranging from Good Morning America, to People Magazine, are covering the shelter’s kitty glamour shots.
Executive director Deborrah Grulke told ABC News, “The inspiration for the photos was family photos gone wrong. We really did it for fun. We knew we needed a hook to get people to start sharing them and the end result was definitely what we were going for.”
Find the Chesapeake Humane Society Facebook page here.
Chesapeake Humane Society Website here.
(Photos via Chesapeake Humane Society)
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