I can’t tell you how moved I am by the work of Shannon Johnstone, a North Carolina photographer who is putting her incredible talent to good use, helping homeless dogs find their forever families.
Shannon’s project, Landfill Dogs, began in 2012 as a quest to “offer an individual face to the souls that are lost because of overpopulation, and give these animals one last chance.”
That’s what Karsten, pictured above, got as a result of Shannon’s efforts with the Landfill Dogs project.
Each week, Shannon takes a dog from the Wake County Animal Center to a local landfill where she spend 2 hours photographing, walking, and loving these dogs that have been dumped and forgotten by society. Her beautiful photographs capture the very essence of the dogs, painting a visual picture that reminds us that homeless dogs are not broken – they just need one person to believe in them and give them the opportunity of a lifetime of love and companionship.
Dogs like Greyson…
This is Greyson. Although he is currently in a foster home, Greyson has been homeless for over a year. He is 4 years old and loves people. He’d love a home of his own. Click directly on the photograph above to learn more about Greyson.
And then there’s Nancy Botwin.
I’m sure this girl is not nearly as mischievous as her namesake. This Nancy Botwin is calm and affectionate, and by all accounts loves people and the attention they give her. Click on her photo to learn more about bringing Nancy into your home.
And how about Roofus the Bullbador! (pitbull + labrador= Bullbador)
One year old Roofus likes to chase frisbees and tennis balls, and do running leaps. He’s still working on his manners, but already he walks well on a leash and doesn’t pull much. He is gentle when taking treats and and loves car rides. Click directly on the photo to learn more about Roofus.
All of the Landfill Dogs still in need of homes can be found here.
Shannon plans to wrap up the Landfill Dogs project this year with a large published book, and personally, I cannot wait! But in the meantime, if you can’t get enough of these breathtaking photographs and want to help homeless animals, you can purchase her sample book. It’s important to note that $10 from every purchase will be used to purchase heartworm medication for the dogs through the HEAL A HEART fundraiser.
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