Thank you for viewing our shelter photography. In October, 2011, we started taking pet portraits - using whatever resources were at hand - at the Orange County, Florida, Animal Services Pet Rescue and Adoption Center, located at 2769 Conroy Road, Orlando, FL 32839-2162.
Pawsitive Shelter Photography ("PSP") is a volunteer organization operating in the Orlando, Florida area. Our mission is to use photography to present shelter animals to the public as appropriate and deserving pets and companions. By maximizing adoptions and emphasizing the need for shelters to better market available pets, we hope to reduce abuse and neglect of domestic animals and lower rates of euthanasia.
Our long term goal is to create an economical photographic system and workflow that is easily transferable to rescue groups and shelters with scarce resources; one which can be used by persons of all skill levels to present their charges in the best possible light.
We use a combination of photographic best practices, speed and hard work to show the compelling personalities of available animals. We endeavor to provide our work product to the shelter at the earliest possible moment so as to give each animal the longest possible time before the adopting public.
Donations of ideas, manpower, money, equipment and supplies are welcome and all donations will be used solely to save shelter animals. You are welcome to use our photos as long as the use is not commercial in nature, you include an attribution to Pawsitive Shelter Photography and include a link back to this website. Also, you must keep at least the same quality as the original photos. We invite bona fide rescues to use our photos to assist in placing the animals we photograph.
To learn more about us, see this video, produced by the Orlando Sentinel in July, 2012. http://www.orlandosentinel.com/multimedia/os-video-animal-shelter-photographers-20120726,0,5049819.story
On December 9, 2013 Orlando television station WKMG featured PSP and its social media outreach efforts in its "Making a Difference" segment, which can be viewed here: http://www.clickorlando.com/social-media-helping-to-save-pets/-/1637238/23408894/-/s6cjyez/-/index.html
On July 30, 2014 Orlando Weekly awarded Pawsitive Shelter Photography its "Best Do-Gooders Doing Good Award" for 2014, an honor we are truly pleased to have received from a class publication. Thank you.
In August, 2014 we went international. Cynthia Vasquez, one of our original photographic mentors and most passionate and enduring participants, who is veterinary student in the Caribbean nation of Granada, took the Pawsitive Shelter Photography mission to the Granada SPCA, a no kill shelter on the island, and produced more of her usual high quality imagery of available homeless pets.
In July, 2015 Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs honored the collective dedicated and hard working members of Pawsitive Shelter Photography with Orange County's 2015 "Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award."