I came across Traer Scott's portraits of dogs living in American shelters and was immediately taken aback by the mix of emotions I felt. Look at these dogs' faces and you'll see what I mean. The Providence, Rhode Island-based photographer shoots up-close black and white portraits of shelter dogs, some of which found good homes while others were eventually euthanized.

"Photographer Traer Scott's endearing portraits of dogs living in American shelters are irresistible and heart-rending - and make a passionate appeal to dog lovers everywhere. The portraits reveal the strikingly intense emotion, dignity and, sometimes, humour and whimsy that Scott saw in each face despite the dog's circumstances. By documenting the undeniable expressions of emotion in the dogs encountered in her volunteer work, Scott raises awareness of animal rescue causes, and especially the need for more adoptive homes for abandoned dogs. This book of true portraits of fifty beautiful shelter dogs is a poignant and loving tribute to all dogs."

Shelter Dogs, the book, is available at ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) website with 100% of the proceeds going to that non-profit organization.

Update: After we wrote this post, we got in touch with the photographer behind it. Read our brief interview with Traer Scott here.

Traer Scott's website

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  • wildly, beautiful portraits

  • Very special. Love dogs....

  • So moving and so beautiful. Each one is a precious little warrior.
  • Dogs over people- anytime.
  • excelent photographs. very moving... thanks

  • I too am a volunteer at a local shelter. I too photograph the dogs that are going up for adoption. I too fall in love with each and every one of them.
    To see some of my photos click here:

  • I like cats and dogs too.

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