A few months ago I answered a plea from a fellow pet photographer who needed help taking pictures of rescue pets with Cincinnati-based Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue (LLAR). The timing was perfect as my move to California had just fallen through at the last minute, plus I had been looking for a group to help out for several years (I can’t tell you how many groups I contacted or talked to that never got back to me). So, at the beginning of November, I started photographing a number of the rescue pets with Louie’s Legacy, along with a few other local photographers. The rescue has certainly been keeping all of us busy, because their goal for 2016 is to top the 1,686 dogs and cats they saved in 2015 in Cincinnati and New York/New Jersey (where they have a another rescue base). Louie’s Legacy is a foster-based rescue, so all of the pets stay in foster homes until they are adopted. 

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of photo sessions for the photographers helping out the rescue as we’ve tried to make sure every pet in rescue with LLAR got professional photos taken in time for the big adoption event this upcoming Valentine’s weekend, My Furry Valentine at the Sharonville Convention Center. They will also have satellite adoption events on Sunday, February 14, at the Mason and Western Hills PetSmart locations. Just this month alone, I’ve had seven separate rescue photo shoots and have photographed a total of two kittens, six cats, 11 dogs, and 22 puppies!  

Here are just a few of the pets looking for their forever homes that I’ve photographed this month. For many of the available pets, it will be their debut weekend, meaning the first time they are available to go home with a new family. For others, it may be the weekend they’ve finally been waiting for when that special person or family falls in love!

Louie's Legacy Animal Rescue pets in Cincinnati ready to be adopted.

I’m so happy to finally have found a rescue to help give back to that is not only committed to rescuing as many pets as possible, and not just the cute ones or the healthy ones, but the ones who really need help and have a harder time finding a rescue to save them from death row. I love the opportunity to meet so many great dogs and cats and help them get adopted with my photography. Giving back not only feels good, it’s the right thing to do.

And, if you are looking for a new furry family member, check out the wonderful cats and dogs available through Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue and come out to My Furry Valentine this Saturday and Sunday to meet them or any number of other pets in need of forever homes. 

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