Portraits of Animal Shelter Cats Taken to Promote Adoption

Just like in real estate, for which good photos of homes can make a huge difference in attracting potential buyers, animal shelters often see spikes in adoptions when the animals are advertised with attractive photographs. For this reason, Arizona-based photographer Michael Kloth visits shelters on a weekly basis to offer his services to local adoption agencies. He writes,

I’ve been an animal lover for as long as I can remember. As I move through life I’ve come to realize that it is not enough for me to enjoy their company, but rather that I feel compelled to share my time and experience being an advocate for the homeless ones. I see that while people love their cats and dogs, they continue to make decisions that combine to condemn millions of them to death every year and I want to be a voice for change.

Each week I photograph adoptable animals at our local adoption agencies. My experience has been that quality photography is the first step in marketing these furry works of art to potential adopters. It is my hope that I can use these local animals as a voice for the millions of homeless animals nation and worldwide.

He has compiled a selection of his kitten photographs into a new book titled Shelter Cats, and has committed to donating a portion of the proceeds to the ASPCA. If you have time on weekends, visiting animal shelters can be a great way to sharpen your photography skills while putting your talents to work for a good cause!

Shelter Cats (via My Modern Met via Fstoppers)

  • Richard

    Wow, a great deed and excellent images.

  • Spider- Man
  • Knur

    They look delicious!

  • Mike

    I do this as well at the local animal shelter:

  • Paul

    Many volunteers are involved in a similar project on a larger scale in Orange and Seminole Counties in Central Florida. Our output, which we make available to the local shelters for download, is posted here:

    We are always looking for likeminded help, because the number of homeless animals is both staggering and neverending. its a great way to put photographic chops to good use.

  • Spider- Man

    WOW! How original, I will have to put that nugget in my back pocket for later…

  • Michael Kloth

    Thank you very much for the feature!

    Spider-Man, Mike and Paul – Check out the group that I’m affiliated with.  Lots of like minded artists working towards the same goals.

  • Jim

    I work with a local rescue / adoption agency – I help them out about every 4-6 weeks as new dogs and cats add up.  The photos definitely help them get homes. You don’t have to limit yourself to a studio setting – I work with them when they are shown at a local pet store for possible adoption. 

  • flo

    In my eyes the images from michael kloth are much more touching than the ones from the comments… I think this is manly because Michael sets his viewpoint below the cats eyelevel… The images posted in the comments are shot from above… which makes the animals looking less than equal to the photographer.

  • Spider- Man

    Hmmm, pretty sure mine were shot at eye level of the animal…

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  • Joshua

    Check out NKLA in Los Angeles.  Nice black and white campaign all over town to promote NOT KILLING animals.