We were one of the first ones to help spread the word about artist Sarolta Ban's heartwarming project, Help Dogs with Images, and now we're happy to report that four out of the ten rescue dogs she's worked with have been adopted to loving homes! As you may know, Ban is a Photoshop master who's able to take any ordinary image and turn it into a surreal scene. To help rescue dogs find new homes, she made it her mission to bring out their beautiful personalities.
Each animal, located in cities all across the world, has both a name and a story. The adorable one you see above is named Patti. "The temples are like shelters here in Thailand and my program Hand to Paw Temple Dog Outreach cares for over 70 dogs in nine temples," writes Patti's temporary owner, Joy Huss. "We try very hard to find forever homes for all the abandoned puppies, like Patti, found in this photo. I work in partnership with the Care for Dogs Foundation in Chiang Mai, Thailand."
While Patti has yet to be adopted (at the time this article is published), Jasmine (seen immediately below) is one of the lucky ones that has quickly benefited from this project. She had been looking for a home for four years and just one day after Sarolta's image went live, she was adopted by a woman named Lisa from Austria.
You can order a print of any of these images and $50 will be denoted to the hosting shelter. The project is ongoing, so you still have time to upload a photo to Sarolta's project page, if you know of any dogs that are looking for caring homes.
All captions and adoption statuses are according to the date this article was published.
Jasmine (has been adopted)
Jasmine has been living for four years in Tappancstanya in Szeged, Hungary. Jasmine is among those kinds of privileged dogs who lives in the main office and is always surrounded by someone. He quickly becomes friends with people, he works hard for caresses, constantly wiggles his butt and loves to chase fleas. He is a real house guardian, if someone comes uninvited into the gate, he tends to catch their ankles. Otherwise he is phenomenal..." - Shelter Tappancstanya Alapítvány, Szeged, Hungary
Tucker (has been adopted)
Tucker is a big boy and weighs about 100 pounds! He was not walked on a leash before he came to Northwoods, and is just getting used to having a collar on-we practice each day. Tucker requires a patient home that is willing to teach him how to walk on a leash and some other basic manners.
"Tanya has been homeless her entire life, 7 1/2 years. Abandoned at no-kill shelter in New York at 6-months-old, no one has ever come for her until Mr. Bones & Co. pulled her into their rescue program. Special note from Elli, who is running Mr. Bones & Co: 'This dog has touched me like no other has and I will climb the highest mountain just to help her find her way home. Paws crossed that someone finally steps up and opens their heart and home to our very special dog. We will drive anywhere in the United States for the right home: dog experienced, no other pets, loving and stable.' - Elli and Mr. Bones & Co. shelter in New York, NY
Bounder (has been adopted)
"Bounder is a senior Lab mix. He has lots of energy, and needs a very secure yard to run and play in. He's up to date on shots, neutered, and great on a leash. He's located at the Regional Animal Services of King County in Kent, Washington (USA)." - Regional Animal Services of King County in Kent, Washington
Zé and Phebo
Zé: "He is 2-years-old, a beautiful and smart dog, very sweet and cheerful. Zé was born by accident, as his mother underwent a surgery to be castrated by the State Veterinary Service. However, during the proceeding, the vets stated that she didn't need the surgery, as they concluded that 'she had already been operated before'. Three months later, though, she got pregnant and had Zé and his siblings, Tom and Flora."
Phebo: "A castrated half-breed Dachshund of 5-years-old, taken away from the streets. She's very meek and obedient, really sweet with any person. Loyal, she is always around when her favorite people (and dogs) need help. Phebo waits for a home where she can spoil her new family with all the kindness and care she is able to give. Btw, she LOVES to cuddle. Seriously." - Quatro Patinhas Animal Shelter in Rio de Janiero, Brazil
"Ringo is a very active mutt. He was born in the streets and was rescued when he was 40-days-old along with his two other brothers (both adopted). Ringo is now 7-months-old and is still waiting for a family. He has been vaccinated and neutered. He is playful and full of energy, but also loves long naps on the lap of loved ones." - Sabrini, Ringo's temporary owner in Brazil.
"I rescued Meiko from an abused home and I absolutely love him. Unfortunately I am only fostering him because I go to school and work full time and I do not have the time to play with his as much as he needs it. Because he was abused he is skittish with all new people but more specifically adolescent boys and adult men. He is great with other pets and he is very friendly and lovable once he is comfortable with you." - Syrena, Meiko's temporary owner
"Sami is a beautiful, sensitive and lovely young dog. In her shelter in Jumilla she is well known for her acrobatic tricks. She likes to walk around on different things. Sami is compatible with other dogs, obedient and careful. So far she was only taken for a walk outside the animal shelter twice. It would be ideal for her to find a new home with experienced dog owners or a secure and relaxed dog. Sami has not experienced much in her life so far and will learn new things quickly." - Pfotennot Animal Shelter in Jumilla, Spain
"I have a dear friend. She is actually more like a sister and she just lost her beloved German Shepard who was at a shelter because his owners were getting a divorce and no longer wanted him. It turns out this dog was actually shipped over from Hungary! Melissa has nine rescued dogs and has dedicated her life to this cause. The sad part of this is that this dog was killed in a horrible accident last week....hit by three cars....one after the next and she was forced to watch helplessly. She is still inconsolable. She loves all of her dogs but Jober was her baby....he was so so so special and we have cried for weeks. I know that this project is for dogs that need to be rescued but would you consider doing a photo for her? This person has given her life to rescue and I can't bear that she is living with the pain of seeing him killed in such a horrible way. She loved him so dearly and is grieving. I just wanted to send you a photo....even if you didn't have time. His spirit was so beautiful....." - Melissa
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