Every month, we volunteer our time to help a shelter animal find their forever home. This month, we headed over to Paw Placement of Northern Arizona‘s adoption center, Rescue Me, to take photos of a special kitty named Sasha. Rescue Me is located in the Flagstaff Mall. If you live in the area, and have never visited this store, you should head over soon. It’s a great place to meet potential four-legged future family members, or just to check out what’s happening in the world of animal rescue. Paw Placement of Northern Arizona is a great organization, who’s mission is to reduce euthanasia rates of homeless cats and dogs through rescue, adoption and education about responsible pet guardianship. They rescue animals and place them in foster homes to help them find their forever home.
Sasha is our first kitty we’ve ever photographed for our Adorable Adoptable program and she really set the bar for sweetness. She didn’t mind us photographing her at all, in fact, I’d argue that she enjoyed the attention! She is a short haired Siamese and Calico harlequin cat about 3 1/2 years old. The rescue said she is very smart and loves to play games at home. She’s extremely affectionate and loved spending time with us. If you or someone you know might be interested in Sasha, please contact Paw Placement of Northern Arizona to get more information about adoption.
Thank you for reading and helping us find Sasha a purrrrrrrrr-fect home! ~ Melissa
Once a month, we volunteer our time to take photographs of a homeless animal in the hopes the images will help them find a loving home. But, October, with the rush of family holiday photos and weddings in the golden aspens, got away from me and I somehow had not lined up an animal to photograph. It’s funny how the universe takes care of my absentmindedness, because that day, I got a call from my friend, Becky, about a very special dog named Gonzo. She had just returned from her veterinarian’s office where she had met a sweet, older, three legged dog that had been surrendered by his owner I’ve known Becky for a long time, and we share a sense of community, a passion for the arts and the idea that every homeless animal should have their own family. “Gonzo’s too special to live his life in a kennel“, she said. When she said that, I knew I had to rearrange my schedule to go out and photograph this dog to hopefully, find him his forever, perfect home.
I met Gonzo this past Friday at Aspen Veterinary Clinic where I found out that every employee there was 100% smitten with him. So, when my husband, Grant, and I finally got to meet him, we had high expectations. As soon as they opened the kennel door for Gonzo to meet us, he quickly bypassed the treats we offered, but instead, crawled straight into Grant’s lap. Yes, a special boy indeed. I also found out Gonzo’s history. About 9 years ago, Gonzo was found on the San Francisco Peaks with a fractured leg. A kind stranger brought him to Aspen Veterinary Clinic where the decision was made to amputate his leg due to the severity of his break. Gonzo was adopted after this, and for 8 years had the blessing of a home and a family. Then, recently, in a crual twist of fate, his owner had to move, and the current landlord will not allow dogs. So, Aspen Veterinary Clinic took Gonzo in once again. They are taking great care of Gonzo, but life in a kennel is stressing this older gentleman. So, the search for a new, loving home is underway.
Gonzo is about 9 years old and would enjoy a mellow home where he could do lots of cuddling. Like any dog his age, he’s slowing down and entering doggie retirement, but he does enjoy walks and hikes. And, boy oh boy, does he just love to gaze into your eyes and let you know just how much he loves you.
If you’d like to meet Gonzo, or have any questions abou him, please contact Aspen Veterinary Clinic at (928) 526-2423.
I made a promise to Gonzo, and I promised him that I’d help him find a home of his own, and a family that adores him. Could you help me by sharing this post?
Blessings to all of you ~ Melissa
I love this project of helping animals find their forever homes. Not only have I met some of the sweetest animals, but I’ve also met some of the kindest people along my journey. Last week, our clients turned friends, Alicia and Kyle, took time out of their busy chiropractic clinic to bring this adorable beagle up to our Flagstaff studio to be photographed. Alicia and Kyle are fostering this sweet boy from the Arizona Beagle Rescue and wanted to show off to the world just how sweet and adorable this boy really is. I was kid-sitting my sweet “nieces” Sophie and Chloe that day too so I got to see just how much Dex loves children too.
I asked Alicia to write something about Dex, since she’s his foster mom and here’s what she had to say…
“Dexter is a sweet and sensitive boy that could use a home where he will get a lot of attention and a lot of snuggles! Overall he is mellow and easy going but he gets really excited about walks or car rides. He loves to be with his people but is tolerant of being alone after he cries just a bit about it. He is a stubborn guy that likes to do things on his schedule but he is easily tempted with a treat. He is good with other dogs and loves people. He loves cuddling on the couch, getting brushed, and getting his tummy rubbed. He has a few nervous habits including licking his feet and sucking on toys but with someone willing to boost his self esteem a bit and make sure he feels comfortable and secure he should be just fine! His sweet face makes him irresistible and easy to love.”
If you’d like more information about Dexter, please visit the Arizona Beagle Rescue website and view his Petango profile too. I know this boy is going to make a great addition to the family that is lucky enough to find him. Thank you for reading and for sharing. ~ Melissa
One of my passions is animal welfare and every year, I donate a Flagstaff Pet photography session to the Paws for Placement fundraiser, “Paws for the Perfect Taste”. This event, held at Jotini’s, helps raise funds to help this organization and their work, which is to help the many homeless animals in Arizona. The event includes a silent auction and all the money goes towards their organization. Last year, the winner was Carol, and she choose to have her pup, CrackerJack, as the recipient!
Kristen and I drove out to meet Carol and CrackerJack and sweet Cracker promptly stole our hearts. He was a sweetheart and was so easy to photograph. I also learned that CrackerJack was part of a dog group that tours Arizona and walks in parades in formation with other rescued dogs to raise awareness. Carol and I quickly became friends and I hope to get one of my dogs, Banjo, to join that dog group one day soon!
I hope you enjoy these photos of CrackJack! And thank you Carol for the support of this great organization! ~ Melissa
12/28/11 UPDATE: Paisley has been adopted! I’m so happy this sweet gal has her forever home with her awesome new mom, Jill!
Meet little Paisley, our foster dog for the holidays! She was a stray picked up by the Maricopia Animal Shelter and rescued by the good folks at the Arizona Beagle Rescue Group. We’re hoping to find her forever home while we have her. She’s a sweetheart, loves to snuggle, sleep in your bed and crawl on your lap. She’s extremely gentle and just wants to be loved. Contact me at 928-606-1533 if you’d like to meet her!