Lara Grauer, PPA Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) Serving The Seattle Area Since 2008. [email protected] | 206-724-2177
Pets in shelters are already getting a tough deal. Unlucky circumstances have left them homeless, by no fault of their own. The vast majority of these pets are healthy and adoptable, but many are euthanized anyway to make room for more homeless pets who are entering the shelter system. The shelters do their absolute best to help these animals get placed, but when potential owners meet pets who are scared or recovering from illness or injury in the shelter, they are likely to move along to the next animal – leaving the hard-to-place pets overlooked and still homeless.
How I Give Back
I volunteer regularly with Pawsitive Alliance – a non-profit organization that is aiming to end the killing of adoptable dogs and cats in Washington. I visit a different Western Washington shelter each time I go out to photograph overlooked dogs and cats . My photographs have been featured along with these pets’ stories on the Pawsitive Alliance website, on their Facebook page, and in their monthly newsletter. At each shelter, we focus on featuring the pets that need exposure the most. Typically this means they have been at the shelter longer than most of the other animals, and might benefit from exposure to a wider audience. I’ve served shelters in Skagit Valley, Everett, Seattle, Tacoma, Sultan, and more.
In addition to promoting pets’ stories in the hopes of helping them find new homes, I have photographed many families with their newly adopted pets at adoption events hosted by Pawsitive Alliance. This includes the “Bow Wow Meow Luau”, the “Canine Christmas Extravaganza”, and the 2015 “Holiday Hoedown.”
In 2015, Pawsitive Alliance partnered with The Dugan Foundation to begin a joint project called “Why Not Me”. This social media project features fun and playful photographs and descriptions of animals who have been in the shelter system too long.
Other Ways I Help
At times, I have more availability for volunteering. If you or someone you know is involved with a Seattle area pet shelter and interested in my contribution, please contact me – I would love to find a way to help!
In addition to volunteering, I create a pet calendar each year, and donate a portion of the sales to Pawsitive Alliance. If you live in the Seattle area, and would like to have your pet considered to be featured in this year’s calendar, drop me a line!
Certified Pet Helper
I am a member of Hearts Speak, which is a global network of photographers, writers, graphic designers, sculptors, painters, illustrators and animal advocates who provide our time and professional services, pro-bono to animal welfare organizations in our communities. Through my connection with this organization, I am able to provide wider exposure for animals in need of a home, and I can connect with more people who have the talents, skills, and resources to help improve the lives of pets around the world. I can also help connect you with a photographer or other creative if I am not available.
It’s been nearly a year since I first had the honor of photographing Fiona at Emerald City Pet Rescue in the Sodo neighborhood of Seattle. Fiona was homeless for 420 days; 299 of which included her time in the “Why Not Me” campaign through Pawsitive Alliance. She had a fun holiday shoot, she was featured as a super…
This week, my photos were featured on the CityDog Magazine blog as part of the Why Not Me project. Back in January, Yolanda Morris from Pawsitive Alliance and Julie Dugan from the Dugan Foundation collaborated to start a new social media campaign that would aim to fine permanent homes for dogs and cats that have been…
Yesterday, I had the glorious opportunity to meet a very special foster dog. His name is Eddie, and as of today, he is available for adoption through the Seattle Animal Shelter. If you’d like to read a bit more about what he’s like, check out his bio on petfinder.com. I had a great time…