Animal Shelter Photos by Gabriel Studer-Randall

Photos play a crucial role in the adoption of shelter animals. Without a photo, all a prospective adopter has to go by is a six-digit identification number! But how can one fall in love with a number? It won’t do. Adopters want to see the smiling, slobbery faces of Pitbulls, the intense look on a kitten’s face as it fixates on a plastic toy. The ineffable bond people feel towards their furry friends is too complex for words, even a picture doesn’t do it justice. But a picture sparks an interest. Usually, it is because of a photo that adopters schedule in-person visits at the shelter. And this is how lifelong friendships begin.