Since childhood, I aspired to be a champion of animals but was never certain what form it might take. In 2005, I was volunteering in a local shelter and as more and more responsibility fell to me, the reality of what was happening there sunk in. Dogs were dying by the dozens because of their breed, because there weren’t enough homes for them, because they were left behind, because of us. Always because of us. It was unbearable and it was happening every day at thousands of other shelters around the country.
Quite often I was powerless to save those dogs’ lives, so I longed to use photography to do something that might help save future lives. I got that chance with my first book, Shelter Dogs, and from there it seemed that people were willing to listen to me, so I kept speaking through imagery about the modern plight of animals around the world.