Volunteer Uses Photography to Help Shelter Dogs Find Homes

When Josh Feeney first started volunteering at Chicago Animal Care and Control, he thought he would just be helping to walk dogs like many others do. But once he arrived at the shelter, that all changed.

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When Josh Feeney first started volunteering at Chicago Animal Care and Control, he thought he would just be helping to walk dogs like many others do. But once he arrived at the shelter, that all changed.
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"I had been [photographing] wildlife for a couple years just as a hobby and I really thought the biggest way I could help was to just photograph these animals and get them help," he said.
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Feeney began using his photography skills to capture the dogs outside their cages, an attempt at showcasing their personalities to potential rescues or adopters.
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"I show them just how these animals are," he said. "You see all these dogs in the cages and they just don’t look happy. It’s kind of no different than if you or I were in jail - our demeanor would change. Suddenly, they become the same dog, the dog your friends have at home."
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Feeney said he chooses to do this mainly at animal control in hopes that it can save animal lives.
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"Animals every single day come into this place," he said, "Unless there’s an equal or greater amount of people taking those dogs out then unfortunately those animals get euthanized."
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"I want people to change the way they feel about what a shelter dog is or what a pit bull dog is," he added. "I just want to get the photos out there so people can see how awesome these dogs are."
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