JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A picture is worth a thousand words and might help save some little lives. A simple picture is the best tool to get dogs and cats in animal shelters adopted.
"The best way to get them (the public) to understand the quality of our dogs is through good quality pictures," says Scott Trebatoski, Division Chief at Animal Care and Protective Services in Jacksonville.
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Those good quality pictures are coming from local professionals, like Amy Ploss-Samson, volunteering their time at the shelter.
"It is a great thing to be able to use what you already know how to do and apply it towards something for the greater good," says Ploss-Samson.
She is currently one of three local photographers taking professional photos of ACPS pets, to use on the shelter's Facebook page and website.
In a shelter that fills up quickly, any advantage the dogs and cats can get could help save lives.
"The studio is really going to up our game when it comes to photos," tells Ploss-Samson.
A room at ACPS was transformed into a new photo studio, complete with lights, set pieces and backdrops from a $1,500 grant from the ASPCA.
"The ones that we have gotten to sit long enough really have made some great portraits," tells Ploss-Samson.
For pictures that speak a thousand words, workers and volunteers only want people to remember two: "Adopt Me!"
ACPS is always looking for volunteers or more professional photographers to help take pictures of the animals. To get involved, stop by ACPS at 2020 Forest Street in Jacksonville and speak to Trebatoski or call 630-CITY.
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