Pound Puppy Photography

I was listening to a podcast the other day about dog adoptions where a woman working at a pound explained that black labs are some of the toughest dogs to get placed. She said they think one reason is that it’s tough to get a good picture of a black dog.

Here’s Yori, a black lab at the Golden Valley Humane Society:

Yori - Adoptable Dog

This is Tex at the Golden Valley facility:

Tex - Adoptable Dog

This is Mick at the Coon Rapids facility:

Mick - Adoptable Dog

This is Titan at the Coon Rapids Facility:

Titan - Adoptable Dog

Find more adoptable pets here.

What do you think? Are the black dogs under-represented by their photos? How about the Golden Valley vs. Coon Rapids comparison?

Personally, I think the dogs at both pounds could benefit from the volunteer help of a skilled photographer who can help them with their glamour shots.

It seems like the dogs would also benefit from having more than one picture available. Perhaps a different look in the eye of one of these dogs would create the personal connection needed to close the deal with a new family?

5 thoughts on “Pound Puppy Photography”

  1. This is racism, plain and simple. I bet this lady crosses the street when she sees a black dog coming down the sidewalk towards her.

  2. maybe its cause black dogs shed hair that is more pronounced.

    I had a friend with a shaggy black dog that liked to drink from the toilet bowl.

    First time I took my wife over she thought he had a bit of a …erhm….grooming problem.

  3. I tried to adopt a black lab but they wouldn’t let me because I don’t have a fenced yard. I own a husky who I also adopted, I just think they restrict labs more, don’t know why, it’s very unfair. I want a black lab for my husky’s companion! :o(

  4. First, I think a little bit more flash would work wonders on the black dogs. How many times do you wish you’d used a fill flash when photographing someone with backlighting?

    Second, the agency decides the rules. We went with Last Hope and they checked to make sure we were active, had experienced, and were good folks. Somehow we passed and got our dog. Other agencies said that a fenced yard was necessary–we passed on those agencies.

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