How great internet photography of cats and dogs can save lives

Waylon (Credit: Penny Adams)
Waylon (Credit: Penny Adams)

A local story yesterday on Nashville’s public radio station, WPLN, provides an example (and a rather inspiring one) of the power of a  well-shot photograph (rather than a shaky iPhone snap). First off, let me say how brave it is for a radio reporter to do a story that is about photography or any visually-driven topic, so kudos for reporter Daniel Potter for even tackling this one.

The story is about how Metro Animal Care and Control has discovered that better photography of dogs and cats increases the possibility of the animal being adopted. While the number of pets arriving at Metro Animal Care and Control has increased this year, the percentage of pets adopted is up, thanks to the improved photography taken by volunteer professional photographers like Penny Adams.

thunderThis reminds me of a long-ago story that is among my favorite blog-related memories, Thunder, the blog dog. The Thunder story  certainly was about the power photography has to reveal inner beauty. And it was about how enjoyable being part of the early days of blogging were in towns like Nashville and Austin (it involves both). And, ironically, a couple of the people involved in this story about a dog rescued by the Nashville Humane Association and adopted by a couple from Austin, have since made photography a big part of their lives.