Black dogs are the most likely of all coat colors to be euthanized in shelters. And of course, they're no less worthy of adoption than their lighter counterparts, which is why Commercial Photographer Shaina Fishman decided to bring awareness to the issue with this great series.
Fishman teamed up with Sarah Brasky, the founder of Foster Dogs NYC and The Dog Matchmaker, to shoot 14 black rescue dogs. Fishman notes that black dogs are no different in personality from other dogs, but their color makes them difficult for shelter workers, who are often untrained in photography, to photograph. It's well known that a good photograph vastly increases an animal's chances of adoption, thus Fishman's aim:
While I can't take great photos of every black dog in a shelter, I can bring awareness to the problem and with this series, show that black dogs are stunningly beautiful.
So far, the series has been a great success. Five puppies that were part of the shoot were all quickly adopted after initial interest was low, the series continues to gain traction on Instagram using the #overlookedblackdogs hashtag, and prints have helped to generate donations for Foster Dogs NYC. Be sure to check out Fishman's website to see the full series and Instagram for more!
All images used with permission of Shaina Fishman.