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Scoobert
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Jul 28, 2017 08:49 |  #1

Looks like a pretty cool way for photogs to help shelters. Just wondering if anybody has worked with them and how many shoots you do.


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Aug 01, 2017 22:48 |  #2

I've been thinking of volunteering at my local animal shelter. I am sure since it's Atlanta, there are a lot of animals to photograph! My shelter webpage is more informative and says there's an orientation class and $10 fee that covers a shirt and name badge. They would like for you to commit for at least 6 months with at least 8 hours a month. Photographer is one of the categories listed in the info and application form.:-)

The Heartspeak site is asking for a $50 donation, and isn't too clear about local chapters/events. Think I'd just go through my shelter's application process.


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Aug 02, 2017 06:37 |  #3

davesrose wrote in post #18416988 (external link)
I've been thinking of volunteering at my local animal shelter. I am sure since it's Atlanta, there are a lot of animals to photograph! My shelter webpage is more informative and says there's an orientation class and $10 fee that covers a shirt and name badge. They would like for you to commit for at least 6 months with at least 8 hours a month. Photographer is one of the categories listed in the info and application form.:-)

The Heartspeak site is asking for a $50 donation, and isn't too clear about local chapters/events. Think I'd just go through my shelter's application process.

It's worth it at the local level. I already take pictures for 3 rescue groups and work very closely with a donkey rescue. I was just wondering if the heartspeak would get me more leads and be able let me help more foster/rescue groups. We only have a couple people in our area signed up for them. I am going to reach out to them and see what they think. The 50 bucks isnt much, but if it doesn't lead to helping more local shelters and more shoots its not worth it :)




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Aug 02, 2017 18:09 as a reply to Scoobert's post |  #4

If you follow through with them, then keep this thread going! Think it might be a better resource for rural or smaller cities. I adopted a rescue dog from a volunteer group here, but later learned that they and most other groups lost their license through the human society: when the human society won control of the county animal shelters. I'm glad to see that even though the shelters still get lots of strays and abandoned animals, they've recently been able to become no kill. Providing photography for them would just foster faster adoption rates.


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Sep 04, 2017 10:16 |  #5

HeartsSpeak is a good organization. They use the money they raise to buy cameras and lighting gear for shelters and then send some one to educate the staff and volunteers on how to sue the gear. The goal isn't to create a bunch of pro photographers, but to improve the photos shelters are posting of the animals. IN a lot of areas even if a shelter has a Pro or Skilled hobbyist to take photos the volume of animals coming in is to high for just one person to photograph every animal, so they provide the shelter with the bare minimum to be able to take a modestly respectable photo of each animal.

I worked for a local shelter for three years(I also volunteer for several rescues), I was in charge of building maintenance, doing animal care, Canine intake evaluations and I also did photos while I was there. Even with my modest photography skills I was able to take the average stay of animal at the shelter from 6 weeks to 5 days or less. Good photos are the most effective way to get the animals a home. One dog had been at the shelter for over 3 years when I started working there. I took her out one day and got some shots of her and within 3 days of posting them she had a list of about 20 people wanting to adopt her and she was adopted by the end of the week.

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Sep 05, 2017 09:59 |  #6

wilvoeka wrote in post #18444239 (external link)
HeartsSpeak is a good organization. They use the money they raise to buy cameras and lighting gear for shelters and then send some one to educate the staff and volunteers on how to sue the gear. The goal isn't to create a bunch of pro photographers, but to improve the photos shelters are posting of the animals. IN a lot of areas even if a shelter has a Pro or Skilled hobbyist to take photos the volume of animals coming in is to high for just one person to photograph every animal, so they provide the shelter with the bare minimum to be able to take a modestly respectable photo of each animal.

AWESOME input Wilvoeka, thank you.

My desire is only to help the animals I am not after any paid shoots at all. This is just a hobby/passion, I volunteer for 3 shelters now and just wanted to make sure if the 50 I send off to join would allow me to help more local shelters. Seems like from what you are saying its worth the 50 to me.

I am now creating a website and when completed I will sign up.

Thanks again.




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