Pho­tog­ra­phers help home­less pets find homes

East and Bays Courier - - OUT & ABOUT - MATTHEW CATTIN

Kiwi pho­tog­ra­phers are snap­ping up the chance to help res­cue an­i­mals find for­ever homes, thanks to a new Face­book ini­tia­tive.

The New Zealand Pho­tog­ra­phers for An­i­mal Res­cue group is a vol­un­teer based en­ter­prise putting res­cue an­i­mals in touch with am­a­teur and pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phers.

The re­sult­ing im­age­sare help­ing the home­less pets put their best paws for­ward as they seek adop­tion.

Page ad­min and Huntly bull farmer Kelly Wolfe comes from a back­ground of pet pho­tog­ra­phy, and is a vol­un­teer for DC Res­cue Dogs.

She and two pet pho­tog­ra­pher friends Tara Suther­land and Carol How­ell - known col­lec­tively as The Pet Posse - started the group last Oc­to­ber.

Wolfe says they’ve had ‘‘great re­sponse so far’’ from pho­tog­ra­phers join­ing the group, which now has nearly 200 mem­bers across the coun­try.

‘‘An ex­tra spe­cial photo can make peo­ple look at an an­i­mal they might other­wise not look at,’’ Wolfe said.

Wolfe says any­body is wel­come to join, but it’s im­por­tant mem­bers have a gen­uine will­ing­ness to help, and hav­ing a back­ground work­ing with an­i­mals will be ben­e­fi­cial.

See the group’s Face­book page for more.

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