People often ask me “how do you do it?” when I say I photograph adoptable animals at the Sheboygan County Humane Society. “I would take them all home,” “I’d be so sad,” and “How do you get them to sit still?” are often responses I hear.
Some days ARE hard. Cats don’t want to look at you, dogs have more energy than than three meteorites combined, rat pees on the backdrop… You fall in love with an animal you want but can’t have.
But what makes it all worth it is moments like with this little girl.
Sweetie Pie, as she was appropriately named, was a little nervous and not feeling well the day for her photos. But she came along with me, tail wagging, as I lead her out of her kennel.
I brought her into the room where my photography gear was setup, sat on the floor and only managed one photo until she plopped right into my lap and looked back at me like “this is my lap now.”
There she sat, content, as I pet her soft fur. Suddenly, life seemed to slow and become so simple; The only job I have at that moment was to be there for her.
Some of these animals will go some terrible things in their life that would make most people lose all hope and happiness… yet here they are, tail wagging ready to go.
So, why do I do it? You could say these animals are an inspiration to how to live. They don’t dwell on yesterday or worry what will happen tomorrow; They enjoy life in the moment.