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TO THE RESCUE

Capturing the lives of rescued dogs in London, photographer Lauren Sheldon aims to educate about dog adoption.

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TO THE RESCUE

“They say that you don’t choose your dog, your dog chooses you,” said Lauren Sheldon. A photographer based in London, Sheldon is working on Rescue Me, a project exploring the benefits of rescuing pets by visiting the homes of people who have adopted their four-legged family members. Her photos capture beauty and stillness in the everyday. A container of dry dog food on the bench, a car out the front of a townhouse, a greyhound getting tummy rubs by two pairs of hands, a staffie-cross wearing a bandana and peering down a hallway.

By catching a glimpse of these families and happy hounds in their own environments, Sheldon hopes to raise awareness about pet adoption. “As a child I was a little scared of dogs. I’m ashamed to say that I had the typical misconceptions that dogs from shelters were all going to have behavioural problems. I couldn’t have been more wrong. In my experience dogs in shelters are no different to any other dog. During this project, I have seen this first hand.” Sheldon will exhibit her photos online and hopes to publish the project as a book.


All images courtesy of Lauren Sheldon.
You can already purchase the book here.
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