Today was my first day as a volunteer photographer at the Humane Society of West Michigan! I had been thinking of volunteering for several months now, but it wasn’t until we adopted our dog Zoey two weeks ago from the Humane Society that I really pursued it. Being a stay-at-home mom, I really wanted more “mommy me time” get away options. I mean, going to the grocery store by myself is amazing, but I guess I wanted more variety. I am hoping to make this a weekly thing as long as the hubs can stay home to watch the kids.
Meet Zoey! She is our 7 year old beagle / german shepherd mix. I am obsessed with her. She is just the best.
For my first day at the Humane Society I got a brief tour, a few tips, and was set loose. They gave me a list of 7 or 8 cats that didn’t have photos for their website. The first cat I attempted to photograph was a major fail. His name was Rascal. I opened his cage and this snarling beast greeted me, daring me to reach in so he could eat my hand. A staff member stopped me and pointed to the “Staff Only” sign. Apparently some of the animals are labeled and volunteers aren’t supposed to handle them. Oops! I quickly closed his cage and went on to the next.
Galaxie was a very large 10 year old male. He was so sweet and clung to me like he never wanted me to let him go. He was a challenge to photograph because he was black, the lighting wasn’t great, and he just wanted to hide. But I think I got a few that work. They don’t do him justice to show how big he is.
Next I met Gabby. She was a roly poly pastel calico. She looks like my cat Pixel…but much more round. She was very scared, but enjoyed some loving.
Buggs was a really cool guy. He has the best beard ever. Doesn’t he look like a wizard?! How can you not fall in love with that?
My last stop before I ran out of time was Fred Darling. He was in the lobby where there was natural light, yay! He was very chill and wasn’t interested in moving from his comfy bed. After the world’s longest staring contest, he finally moved so I could capture his cute white belly and paws.
Please stop in to see these cute fur babies at the Humane Society!
3077 Wilson Dr NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534