How my rescue cats inspired my journey to give back

Today is a very special day for me! Today I am celebrating my 6th anniversary being a member of Hearts speak! For those of you who don't know, hearts speak is an organization where artists of all genres work together to help local rescue pets find forever homes.

As a professional pet photographer, I do this by donating my services to local rescues taking pet adoption photos, sharing pets looking to be adopted and donating to local fundraisers. (PS if you're a local animal rescue group be sure to give me a bark!!) It's amazing, to me, that a great professional photo can help an amazing rescue pet find a home and increases thier chance of getting adopted by 60%! While I've yet to capture some of our north island rescue pets I am excited to hopefully start doing so in 2021 and have greatly enjoyed working with a variety of rescue groups on the mainland. This included taking photos of and sharing beautiful stories and photos of a number of dogs, cats and even horses.

Now, I'm sure you're wondering, given the title of this post, how my amazing furkids paw-spired me to get involved in such an amazing project!

It all started in Edmonton in 2009 when I adopted beautiful Lisa-Lee. When asked if I had a particular type of feline in mind, I replied, the one who needs a home the most. They knew the perfect fit for me with Lisa Lee and were so right. She was trily a puuur-fect fit! While I waited for her arrival, there were no photos of her on the rescue site or even from her foster home so I had to wait (albeit eagerly) to meet and share my new special companion.

When I adopted Poly-ana later that year as a companion for sweet Lisa Lee, I ran into a similar problem while I awaited picking her up from the medicine hat SPCA. While Poly ana had a photo it didn't truly do her justice.

Not long after adopting my feline companions I found I greatly enjoyed capturing thier adventures together which started the idea of becoming a pet photographer. About the same time, I learned about Hearts speak and thier mission helping rescue pets. I was all in. While it took a few years for me to join hearts speak, I started volunteering as soon as possible and really enjoyed working with SOS senior K9 rescue in medicine hat when I first started my journey.

In 2015, I officially became a part of hearts speak and was over the moon! I love being a part of this great organization of worldwide photographers and artisans working to help local rescues, as well they also teach rescues how to take great photos themselves and even how to utilize positive marketing to help pets find the puuur-fect forever home.

When I moved to the Fraser Valley my first rescue I worked with was a local horse rescue and from there also started working with a few dog rescues and even shot a few times for the bcspca before our big move to Vancouver island. I loved every second of it and cannot wait to share some of the amazing rescue pets here on the north island and help them find the puuur-fect forever homes!

It's amazing it seems like just yesterday I started this journey with my beautiful feline companions. Today I'd love to hear about your rescue pets and how they inspire you!