Week 47

Each week a group of wonderful photographers from Beautiful Beasties Network challenges each other to take on an assignment. This is a great way to network, get to know each other, and just try new things in general.

This week our project theme is framed.

What a busy week but I wanted to find a minute to challenge myself to do framed. I volunteer my services in few kill shelters, I took few documentary photos of what I see when I walk thru kennels. This time I won't make this about my dogs but about spreading awareness of what is happening and why people should consider: adopt, foster, rescue, donate, or volunteer. I have already posted this photo online. I could not wait for this post. The shelter is full. What that means to shelter residents? Bad news. First, I will see two dogs per small kennel and then the list will build up.


This is very sad and emotional photo that shows what I see upon my arrival. Small rural shelter with not enough volunteers. Imagine these babies won't get out more than once a week, if lucky then twice a week. It goes without saying some won't even go out. Often we try to visit twice a week so these babies get out. I can't even sleep when the shelter is FULL. I feel so sad and pressured to do better job on my photographs to help them.

To the right beautiful German Shepherd that is listed as Rescue only. I have emailed many rescues all over FL and nobody is coming for him. He is just laying there looking up at me.


All photos are very emotional without sugar coating. They display the exact mood of what I see, you can even feel it. Just looking at these my heart hurts.


I don't want to sound bitter but this is the hard reality of a small rural shelter. Sick and cold babies on a ground of the kennel. There are so many and not enough people to adopt them or just take them out of the noisy kennel. Their compassion for life keeps me going back and volunteer my services. Countless days and night I spend post-processing and tearing up. I know that, if I cannot save them all, I will get their beautiful faces out there and people will see them.

Since I started taking photos for the shelter, we were successful at adopting out and having rescues help us. Our wonderful carrying volunteers that we have (not many) started a website for my photos! I am touched. They want the dogs and cats to have nice website rather than just FB page. I have never received so many kind words about my work. I am thankful, humble, and grateful for my newly found talent that can help save lives.

I am so sorry for the sad post this week but all this is on my mind all week. We have few urgent cases and nobody is stepping up to help. If you are on FB stop by at Pavlina Sanborn Photography, there will be lots of photos to share.  One click can save a life... My motto is 'Saving lives one photo at a time...'

Now snap out of the sadness and head over to see happy photos of amazing InBetween the Blinks Photography, Raleigh, North Carolina. This is a circle and we always have lots of photographers participating. Please scroll down on each blog and visit the next photographer.

Have fun!