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As many of you know, I’ve been working hard with The Jacksonville Humane Society to help bring attention to harder-to-adopt dogs. I’ve written a lot about my involvement with it, so I won’t go into that again, but this morning I checked my Facebook business page and had a very heart warming comment that I just had to share. It’s all worth it to me to help find a loving home for animals in need, but getting comments like this always warms my heart. This was left by Lisa. Her family adopted Loki and Jack last week. I love happy endings. Dogs are so resilient, but when they have a buddy, they are that much more resilient together.
This morning, I went out to The Jacksonville Humane Society to photograph some dogs who are in need of their forever homes. Typically I just photograph one animal, but in an effort to get more of the older dogs who’ve been at the shelter for awhile adopted out more quickly, we decided to do photographs for several dogs.
For those of you who are just now starting to read my blog, I have a foundation I started called The JRB Foundation. I started it as a way to give back to something I feel very strongly about; no-kill shelters. It’s still very early on, however, so far, I’ve been working with The Jacksonville Humane Society. One of the ways I work with them is to feature an adoptable animal on my blog, then go out and take photos of the dog, then provide a gift box with prints in it for the family who adopts the dog to keep. I also sponsor the adoption fee.
Every dog has a story and a personality. I love coming home and going through the photos and seeing all of the goofy photos; you know, the ones where they are all teeth, all mouth, tongues out, funny expressions, eyes closed, etc.
One of the things I didn’t realize going into The JRB Foundation adventure was that working with something you feel so strongly about really breaks your heart. It’s very rewarding in the sense that I get to meet animals who are down on their luck, but who have every hope in the world, are high spirited, excited and happy. They keep their hope that one day they’ll have their forever home, but it’s so heart breaking to meet these amazing dogs who just need a permanent place to call home with a loving family. They deserve so much and it breaks my heart that they don’t have a place to call home, but they have such high spirits.
This time I got to work with pairs and it really just reminded me of the love and bond that dogs have with not only their people, but between each other too. They just can’t be separated when they’ve grown up together and know each other.
All of the dogs below are now photographed and the prints have been ordered for the gift boxes. Now all we need is some forever families to adopt them and give them the loving homes they deserve. Here are the photos from today.
This is Loki and Jack. They come as a pair and are SOOOOO super duper cute! The below photo is by far my favorite. Just priceless! Click here to read more about Jack. He’s a 3 year old miniature pinscher mix and has been waiting for a family since 10/13/11. Click here to read more about Loki. He’s a 3 year old american staffordshire terrier mix who’s been waiting, with Jack, since 10/13/11 for a family.
This is Jimmy. He is SUCH a sweet heart with the happiest face! He’s a little chunker but with a great family and some exercise, he’ll lose it. For now, he’s just more to love :) Click here to see more about Jimmy. He’s a 5 year old australian cattle dog mix who has been waiting for a family since 9/19/11.
This is Ernie. He was SOOOO photogenic! Not only that, but he is also one of those dogs that just can’t stop smiling! Click here to see more about Ernie. He’s a terrier/american staffordshire mix, he is 1 year and 7 months and has been waiting for a family is 8/15/11.
This is Dolly and Pookie. Pookie was really happy and ready to play! Dolly is a sweet little girl but she’s a little shy without her side kick. They are also a pair. Click here to read more about Dolly. She’s a shepherd mix, she’s 4 years old and has been waiting for a family since 9/28/11. Click here to read more about Pookie. She’s a shepherd/rottweiler mix, she’s 5 years old and has been waiting for a family, with Dolly, since 9/28/11.
This is Davey. He’s such a sweet boy! I can’t get enough of his ears! They make me melt! He was super sweet spirited and would make a great companion. Click here to see more about Davey. He’s a foxhound mix, is 1 year and 5 months old and was been waiting for a family since 6/11/11.
This is Oreo! He is a scrappy little guy who LOOOOVES his treats! His ears are also super cute and make me melt! Click here to read more about Oreo. He’s a 5 year old terrier/beagle mix. He’s been waiting for a family since 8/29/11.
I’m REALLY pleased to announce that Hannah, that big, beautiful American Staffordshire Terrier was adopted as of 10/18! I’m so pleased with seeing these older dogs who have been at The Jacksonville Humane Society for a long time are getting adopted out!
This leads me to wanting to give you all an update on The JRB Foundation. I recently booked a few weddings and portrait sessions. For anyone who is interested, 10% of the collection price of weddings and portraits are donated to The JRB Foundation. We also hosted mini sessions on 10/1 where $1 from each session was donated to The JRB Foundation. I’m happy to say, though I know it isn’t much, that since starting The JRB Foundation, we’ve contributed $208 to The JRB Foundation! I know it isn’t much, but I’m super happy that even in a small way, together with my clients, we can make a difference in the lives of animals.
Because I’m really open and public about it, I wanted to share with you how this money is being put to use. On my blog, as you may have noticed, I feature an adoption on my sidebar. The animal that I feature is a dog that has been at the humane society for awhile, who is a little older, and less likely to be adopted out as easily as a puppy. This doesn’t cost any money, but it leads to the cost I’m about to share with you. Through The JRB Foundation and Jen Shannon Photography, I go out to The Jacksonville Humane Society and take photos of the featured animal then provide a “thank you for adopting” gift of prints with a nice gift box. We also sponsor their adoption fee.
The JRB Foundation is still in its infancy and is evolving into something I’m very proud to be a part of. However, like with any non-profit, The JRB Foundation does have a financial need. In order to become a full fledged 501(c)(3) organization, we have to file for 501c3 status, which costs $400.
Because we have not yet been able to raise the funds to file for 501c3 status, we cannot ask for donations directly into the fund, however, I would like to ask that you purchase an 11×14 print of one or both of the photos from my fine art collection below. The cost is $15 (plus tax). All of the proceeds will be donated to The JRB Foundation. Together we can help raise the funds for The JRB Foundation to file for 501c3 status so we can then begin taking donations in addition to donating from my photo jobs and investing those into no-kill shelters in our area. Currently, I work with The Jacksonville Humane Society and they are doing an excellent deed for our community by not killing animals and finding them loving homes. Together we can help make Jacksonville a no-kill community.
Please consider purchasing one or both of the below fine art prints at a greatly reduced rate. To purchase a fine art print, please select the PayPal button below that corresponds with the print you’d like to purchase.
I recently became a Facebook “liker” of an organization called Pet Pardons. I wish I knew what I was in for when I decided to “like” their Facebook page. Every day, I’ve read cries for help for animals who need a home who have less than 72 hours to live. Today, though, I read one that made my heart sink. As soon as I saw the letters “RIP” I knew I wasn’t going to like what I was about to read.
Blog readers, this is why it is so important to get involved with making your community a no-kill community. Animals deserve better than this. They shouldn’t have to be killed because someone didn’t want them anymore. So many times people get a puppy thinking they’ll be so cute but the excitement soon wears off when the puppy does just what he is meant to be. Be a puppy. He jumps, play bites, chews things up, pulls you when walking on a leash, etc. It is up to the owners to train their dogs to behave. It is up to the owners to commit to teaching the dog how to please them. It pains me so much when people give up their animals who end up dead because of their own whim of wanting and getting an animal as just another impulse buy. If you’re in over your head, please give the animal to a no-kill shelter. Please find them a loving home. YOU at least owe them that. They didn’t ask for you to bring them home and then give them up to be killed. They just thought they were going to be with a group of people they would know as their family; their pack.
Here is what I read. You may want some tissues if you’re someone who cries easily.
*This photo was not taken by me. It was taken from Facebook.*
He didn’t have a name, just a number, in his last days he was referred to as 14135544. He was just 16 weeks the day he died this past Thursday.
He once had a home, he once had a family, but they didn’t want him any more. Maybe he barked too much, maybe he chewed on the furniture, whatever it was they, apparently, could not deal with it so they decided that he had to go and they dumped him at a kill shelter.
In their minds maybe i’m sure they justified it, maybe they convinced themselves he would get Adopted, or maybe they knew that he had no chance and just didn’t care. Who can tell.
I cannot imagine the anguish he felt, the sense of abandonment, i can hear his thoughts now, ‘what did i do wrong?’, ‘when are they coming back to get me?’. Of course he did nothing wrong, and they never came back.
If you have ever been to a shelter then you can always spot the owner ‘surrenders’ because they once had it good, or at least better. They are so confused, so terrified, and what’s worse is that they are constantly looking out of their cage for their family, the one that will never come for them.
There is no excuse to ‘surrender’ (what a cop out that word is, i prefer ‘dump’) a pet because when you get a pet you should be prepared to look after them for life, and if you are not then you have no business getting one in the first place. As soon as you bring your new pet home you should make plans for your pet in case something happens, or in case you can no longer afford to keep them. Everyone does this for their children, so why not for their pets?
But alas, for number 14135544, there were no plans, just a one way ticket to the shelter. He died because they just didn’t care, it’s that simple.
In death i am giving him a name, so he may rest in dignity, his name was Angel, and to him i say this: We may have never met you, but we will never forget you. Fly high sweet boy, there will be no more pain and you are finally free. And now, for the very last time i bid you goodnight and God Speed.
Co-Founder Pet Pardons.
I am happy to be doing my part with The JRB Foundation to help Jacksonville become a no-kill community. I can’t thank my clients enough for supporting the cause. Please don’t get an animal on a whim. Please don’t get an animal without researching what it will take to raise it. Please don’t get an animal as a birthday or Christmas gift. It may not be a human life, but it is a life and it deserves a home. Please consider making a donation to The Jacksonville Humane Society or a no-kill shelter in your area. Also consider becoming a fan of Pet Pardons on Facebook to help spread the word. 72 hours should never be an option.
And do me another favor. If you have pets, hug them a little tighter today. I know I will.
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