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Rescued Michael Vick Pitbull Becomes Therapy Dog After Much Love

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

Photographer Named Among Top 25 Pet People

Monday, January 17th, 2011

NBC UNIVERSAL’S PETSIDE.COM NAMES “TOP 25 PET PEOPLE OF 2010

Pet Photographer Richie Schwartz included On List of Extraordinary Newsmakers, With Emmy-Award Winners, Ellen DeGeneres, Oprah Winfrey, Rachel Ray, and Betty White Rounding Out The List

New York, NY (December 21, 2010) – As 2010 comes to an end, Petside.com (www.petside.com), the preeminent site for pet owners and pet enthusiasts, has released its first-ever list of the “Top 25 Pet People of 2010” (http://www.petside.com/photos/top-10-lists/25-pet-people-of-2010/). The list, which includes both unsung heroes and celebrity activists such as Ellen DeGeneres, Elayne Boosler and Betty White, is led by one extraordinarily generous dermatologist from Denver, Colorado, Dr. Leslie Capin, who donated $1 million in contest winnings to several local animal shelters.

“Whether it was organizing efforts to help animals in Haiti, rescuing 100 beagles from a bankrupt testing lab in New Jersey, or photographing homeless animals for adoption, so many pet-lovers raised awareness and donated resources for the benefit of pets everywhere,” said Wendy Toth, Editor of Petside.com. “Petside’s list recognizes these extraordinary people and their effect on the pet community.”

Petside based the rankings on the individual’s impact on the welfare of pets, the public profile of pets in need and on their ability to inspire others to action. Ranging from public figures to everyday citizens, animal-loving tweens and reformed bad-boys, Petside.com’s “Top 25 Pet People of 2010” runs the gamut of headline-making newsmakers.

At the top of the list are:

1.) Leslie Capin – Won $1 million in cute dog contest and gave it to shelters.
2.) Ellen DeGeneres – Donated 5,000 meals from her pet food company to a pet food bank.
3.) Cathy King, DVM – Founder of World Vets; deployed a team to help pets in Haiti.
4.) Matt DeAngelis – Helped organize rescue of over 100 beagles from bankrupt testing lab.
5.) Oprah Winfrey– Publicized her adoption of two dogs from a Chicago no-kill shelter.
6.) Mike Arms – Creator of Iams® Home 4 The Holidays which set its highest goal ever this year.
7.) Betty White – Posed with hunks for a 2011 wall calendar and donated royalties to a shelter.
8.) Paula Abdul – Spokeswoman for the American Humane Association’s Pets and Women’s Shelters Program.

 Pet Photographer Richie Schwartz is listed at number 23

For the full list of Petside’s 25 Pet People of the Year and to read profiles on each, go to the list.

About Petside.com
Petside.com (http://www.petside.com/) was created by Digital Works@NBCU, a division of iVillage, in partnership with Procter & Gamble Productions, Inc., as a comprehensive source of information and services that helps pets and their owners get the most out of life. Offering customized content and a highly personalized experience, Petside.com is ranked among the top 5 pet Web sites and offers unique editorial features, expert Q&A’s, tools and how-to videos.

Professional Photography Helps Shelter Rescue Dogs Get Adopted

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

I had a Pet Photo Day at a large pet supply store in Long Island, NY. There was a dog and cat rescue group celebrating the opening of their new facility within the store. The store owner had generously donated a large portion of his property to construct an area to house kittens and cats that have been rescued from the street and from other shelters. They had also brought with them, several rescued dogs that live in foster homes while waiting to be adopted. They don’t have room to house the dogs, so some volunteers with very big hearts become foster “parents” to these animals that would have otherwise been euthanized.

I told the Coordinator of their Dog Program, that I would be happy to donate some of my time and take pictures of the foster dogs which could then be used on their web site. I hadn’t seen their web site or the pictures of the dogs on it, but I have seen other rescue sites and I know what the pictures usually look like.  It is a known fact that the better the picture, the better the chances are that a dog will get adopted. Even without having seen the pictures they were using on their web site,I was sure that I could improve upon them. Take a look at the pictures. The first set along the top row were taken by the rescue volunteers. The next set of photos are the same dogs and these pictures were taken by me. As you can see there is a dramatic difference. Sometimes, when viewing potential pet adoptions on the Internet, that photo makes all the difference in the world between getting an animal adopted or not.

If you are a shelter or rescue organization in Connecticut, New York or on Long Island, I am available to do the same thing for your organiztion. 
Here are the “before” and “after” pictures:

The top row photos were taken by the rescue group’s volunteers. The rest are photos of the same dogs, taken by me.

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