Photographer Takes Stunning Snaps Of Black Cats And Dogs To Promote Adoption – As They Are ‘Last To Be Rescued And First To Be Euthanised’

A photographer has captured stunning snaps of black cats and dogs to promote adoption after finding out they are often the ‘last to be rescued and first to be euthanised’.

After rescuing four dogs of her own, Emma O’Brien, 38, became passionate about encouraging others to adopt as opposed to buying animals from a breeder.

PIC BY EMMA OBRIEN / CATERS NEWS

PIC BY EMMA OBRIEN / CATERS NEWS

As a full-time portrait photographer, Emma decided to recruit black cats and dogs who were previously unwanted to be her models for an important photoshoot.

The photos show the adorable and unique personalities of the animals, which Emma, from Centurion, South Africa, hopes will prove that they are as loving and fun as any other pet.

She said: “I believe that by showing the individuality of shelter animals and changing perceptions around them will go a long way to breaking down misconceptions about rescue pets and encourage more people to adopt.

“I chose to take a light hearted approach with the captions so that people looking at the images would find them happy and fun rather than depressing – we have enough negativity in our news feeds.

PIC BY EMMA OBRIEN / CATERS NEWS

PIC BY EMMA OBRIEN / CATERS NEWS

“Black dogs and cats often wait the longest in shelters before they are adopted.

“Often due to the fact that shelters know they take a long time to be homed they will euthanise black animals first.

“Looking plain, not photographing well, appearing more aggressive and superstition about being unlucky are some of the reasons for their undesirability.

“I’m hoping to change that with this set of photos.”

Keeping in tone with the theme of the article, Emma ensured that all of her models were rescued animals who were previously unwanted.

PIC BY EMMA OBRIEN / CATERS NEWS

PIC BY EMMA OBRIEN / CATERS NEWS

She said: “All the animals in this series were previously unwanted.

“Thankfully they are now adopted and in loving homes, so the shoot was a happy experience for me.

“It was very nice to photograph them and hear about how loved them all are in their forever homes.

“Getting the cats to sit still was very difficult, we had to resort to cat nip to placate them all.

“Most of the dogs were compliant as long as they were fed a constant supply of treats!”