Adobe Pet Photo Contest Results in Adoption

January 17, 2014

Kevin N.’s new fuzzball. Franki would be proud!          Courtesy: NCAL

So many people want to help homeless pets but have no idea what they could do.

How about sprucing up your photography skills?

Truly, you don’t have to be a professional photographer to take great pet photos. And there are oh, so many reasons to take great pet photos. For yourself, for your Facebook fans (Face it, pets rule Facebook!) to help your local shelter or even to win a photo contest!

In fact, one guy from Vermont is a perfect example of how photo skills can pay off in a major way.

Kevin N. won a special contest held by Adobe, the makers of all kinds of software, including Photoshop Elements 12, a user-friendly program that lets you do all kinds of great things with your photos. It makes so-so photographers into great ones by allowing you to adjust colors, sizes, tones, hues and even remove the annoying pet red-eye.

Anyway, Kevin entered Adobe’s Furtography contest, where he sent in a photo of his own beloved dog, Franki, who, sadly, passed away early last year

But, in an amazing turn of events, Kevin’s photo of Franki won the grand prize!

The grand prize package included $4,000 worth of pet food to go to the shelter of Kevin’s choice. Kevin chose North County Animal League in Morrisville, Vermont to receive the food and boy, were they thrilled with the much-needed donation. But they were even more thrilled with what happened next.

Kevin and his wife went to visit the shelter for a tour and to take some photos of the donation and to meet the shelter staff, they fell in love with a tiny little 8-week old puppy.

Well, Kevin and his wife couldn’t get this sweet little girl out of their minds so they went back to see her again and, as Kevin tells the folks at Adobe, “We’ve been waiting for another dog to come along since losing our beloved Franki, whose picture I won the contest with. Now it’s official! We are the proud new parents of the cutest little fuzzball on the planet.”

Can you believe it? What a wonderful story…..all thanks to the folks at Adobe. Sigh.

So, just goes to show you what photo skills can do.

You can also help your local shelter by taking photos of adoptable pets. The North County Animal League is fortunate to have someone to do that for them and
Sallie Scott, Executive Director at North Country Animal League says quality photos help the pets in their care get adopted faster. “A lot of people nowadays tend to look online for adoptable animals before heading out to a physical shelter. You pretty much have one chance to grab people’s attention because there are thousands of animals listed on petfinder.com alone, and that’s with a picture. It’s the pictures that make one animal stand out over another rather than our description of them.”

So friends, if you have any interest in photography, spend a little time getting better and you could help your local shelter, win a photo contest or just take better photos of your pets.

And, if you want to take it to the next level, check out Adobe Elements 12 for an affordable user friendly program to help you turn good pictures into great pictures!

P.S. Adobe provided me with free access to their software but neither I (nor the staff) was not compensated for this post. We have a special excitement for how good photos can make a difference for shelter pets so we love to talk about it!

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trim healthy mama May 21, 2014 at

Howdy! Do you know if they make any plugins to safeguard against hackers?
I’m kinda paranoid about losing everything I’ve worked hard on. Any recommendations?

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Maxwell, Faraday & Allie January 18, 2014 at

We’re huge Adobe fans over here – and how cool is it that the contest ended in an adoption! WIN!

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