Photos by Kimi Maruyama
Every since I can remember, I have been a huge animal lover. Several years ago while volunteering at an animal shelter, I found out how good photographs can showcase the often-forgotten animals who end up in shelters. It has been proven that photographs and videos increase a shelter animal's chance of finding a forever home. Yet, taking these photos while making the animals comfortable is not easy. Shelters are scary and noisy, and most of the shelter residents are stressed, depressed, or unhappy. Often, shooting conditions at shelters are not ideal. It is a big challenge, and not everyone can do it. Why do I do it? Because you see results, and because about 4,100 shelter animals are euthanized each day due to space limitations. That's why I can't stop taking shelter photos.