On July 3rd, 2018, I remember driving to work with the radio on to hear some of the most heartbreaking news I have heard in a while. The previous night, on July 2nd, 2018, a fire broke out at the SPCA of Western Quebec, in Aylmer, Quebec. The cause of the fire was unknown and over 70 animals were lost.
Firefighters worked their very best to save a handful of the animals, but the damage and trauma caused to the building, staff and supporters of the well known, no-kill shelter, were quite extensive.
I remember thinking of the creatures that were lost and how confused they must have been in their final moments. I remember thinking that this was the least fair thing that could ever happen.
I have always had a soft spot in my heart for animals, from a young age, which is why they are one of my favourite subjects to photograph. I knew that I needed to do something to help.
Naturally, I decided to put on a fundraiser to help the shelter in the best way I knew possible: pet photography.
The fundraiser was held from the beginning of July until the end of August and I am so glad that I decided to host it.
The amazing pets, pet parents and their stories that I met and photographed still leave me astounded.
I worked with such flamboyant personalities, in both humans and animals, and I had such a blast meeting, running around with and photographing everyone while doing what I love the most, for a great cause.
I had the wonderful opportunity of meeting and working with two special needs rescue dogs, one very handsome elderly dog and two of the SPCA of Western Quebec's own huskies.
The stories of these dogs and their impact on not only me, but also their humans, were remarkable. It really made me realize how lucky we truly are, and how deep the bond between a pet and a person can run.
Along with these delightful experiences, I am pleased with how the photos turned out!
While photographing animals, I find it captivating when I can catch a personality in the glimpse of a second. You can tell and see so much from the heart of an animal through their eyes.
I will forever be grateful for the experiences and for the admirable pets and owners that I had the opportunity to meet. Over the course of the pet portrait fundraiser, we raised $240 for the SPCA of Western Quebec!
The generosity and stories of those that participated will forever hold a special place in my heart.
Together, we made a difference in the lives of the hardworking staff and have had the privileged of aiding such an incredible organization in their time of need.
May the beautiful creatures lost find peace and never be forgotten, and may many new coming pets find their forever home through the loving support of the SPCA of Western Quebec.
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