A picture is worth a 1000 lives. We have provided free professional portraits to shelter animals through out the Inland Empire since 2012. As of Nov 2019, we have photographed 15,000 shelter animals.
The 2018 numbers are in! Moreno Valley Shelter is reporting a 99.7% positive outcome on my photos, and RCDAS says 90%. So close to 100%...…
Thank you everyone for your support! We are getting it done :)
You have to wonder what this dogs story is.....
if he was following a song in his heart down a lonesome road to explore new smells, if he is simply lost. Or, if he was given up by the ones he called family.
handsome dog with a fresh song in his heart, looking for a new family to experience life with. willing to travel. willing to be someones companion again.
Wow, it's almost Thanksgiving and Christmas & the New Year is just around the corner. I would like to thank you for your support through out the year.
I still have 7 calendars left that I would like to send to their forever homes. They are $40 each and that $40 pays for 6 shelter animals to have their professional photo taken. These calendars would make excellent gifts for your animal loving friends & family. Thank you in advance!
Good morning everyone!
My 2019 Shelter Photography calendars have been created and you can order yours now! Calendars are 12 x 12 high quality card stock featuring shelter & rescue animals from the Inland Empire. You can prepay on this donation site, they are $40 each and just leave a note saying the donation is for calendars & the quantity. Thank you in advance!! kelly.
Well, it happened! On Tuesday, August 14th I photographed the 10,000th shelter pet! It has taken me 6 years and numerous helpers to help me achieve the shots I wanted for these homeless pets. These portraits which I now call "Celebrations of Life", because it has proven to give them a second chance at life. I sincerely thank all of you who have supported my efforts with donations, that is what has kept this show on the road. And I hope that you can continue to support my efforts so I can achieve my next goal. As you can see, I'm kind off dedicated to this passion of mine.
This little kitten is being fostered and adopted out thru Sunshine Haven Rescue, and was photographed during our Tuesday morning Rescue shoot at Foster Army Animal Rescue Thrift Store in Riverside. Which, BTW, the owner of the thrift store is the person who brought me into this field 6 years ago when he was working at Mary S. Roberts - thank you Twelve Camacho for changing my life and getting me into animal welfare.
So what do you say...…. let's photograph another 10,000! I'm up for the challenge if you are. Thank you for everything!!
Had the opportunity to photograph dwarf hamsters! These tiny critters are the size of your thumb. They were rescued from our local county shelter and I got to do their photos. These little dwarf hamsters will now have a second chance at finding their fur-ever home. The sale of this art print will go towards my Shelter Project. This print is called "Cherry Jubilee".
Taking time to says "thanks" to all my supporters, AND the new ones that just joined in. Your support helps me make these "Celebration of life" portraits. This happy, playful pup is at rcdas waiting for his fur-ever home. Wouldn't you love to throw the ball for him?
Woo hoo! I hit a milestone on my shelter project. Today not only did I photograph my 2600th shelter pet for the year, BUT.... I hit 8000! That means that since I started my shelter project in 2012, I have photographed 8000 shelter pets.
Thank you to everyone who has helped and been supportive along the way! We did it together! Feels great doesn't it!
I keep a running total of the shelter/rescue animals I photograph, I am 69 animals away from 8000 since 2012.
pictured is the very first dog Gil and I photographed. It was at MSR, the dogs name was Cooper. Twelve walked him out of his kennel and the dog was bouncing all over with his leash in his mouth. I looked at Gil and said what have we gotten into.... thank you Twelve Camacho for giving us that opportunity. Life is great!
I guess I should have posted this bit of good news at the time it happened. And actually, I posted it on Facebook, but some of you don't follow me on that form of social media. This year the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter nominated me for 2016 volunteer of the year for the city. Low and behold.... I won! The city presented me with a beautiful plaque and a large framed proclamation! I was extremely honored to have been chosen over the other volunteers. They made a really big deal out of it at City Hall and I felt so special. Since my beginning in 2012 until now, I have photographed 6494 shelter animals. Moreno Valley tracks my outcome rate on their animals I photograph and it is an eye popping 90-96% positive outcome. So now I have come down off my cloud and getting back to work. Have I ever said just how much I love this job? I love this job!
Hi there and happy January!
I'm on a new mission this year. Along with increasing the amount of animals I photograph at shelters & rescues, I will be highlighting the shelter staff . Each week at the end of the album that gets posted on our facebook page, a shelter employee will be highlighted along with a shelter pet of their choice. I want to break the stigma that some people have of shelter workers. Shelter workers LOVE animals, that's why they do the hard job they do. My first shelter album employee highlight is up and available for viewing. If you don't already follow us on facebook, you may do so now. www.facebook.com/gil.kelly.vela
BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE! Happy 2017
Happy New Year to everyone! As 2016 comes to a close, my final numbers are in. In 2015, I photographed 1300 animal throughout the Inland Empire at local shelters/rescues. My goal for 2016 was 2600. That's quite a number considering I am just one person and my photography calendar is not 365 days. My photography calendar was 159 days, and I photographed 2337 animals. I fell short of my goal by 263 animals. Here is a breakdown of the count:
Priceless Pets 239
Kitty Devore 2
Gena's Felines 45
So. Cal Siamese 1
The most animals photographed in one morning was 38, brought to me by FAAR - Foster Army Animal Rescue, followed by Priceless Pets with 31.
Moreno Valley has informed me that on the animals I photographed for them, the positive outcome rose to 97%! Woo hoo, jump for joy!
Thank you to all of you who believe in my shelter project and to those of you who have physically helped me by wrangling animals. It is not just me, it is all of us working together at one level or another to make this happen. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
And as the new year starts, my mind is reeling with how I can improve. Hope you all will be with me for the adventure! Happy 2017 to all!
Yesterday was our last Santa photo shoot for the season. Now, normally, we are doing Santa Paws for animals, but this time we were invited to do Santa photos for children of domestic violence. It was a great honor to have been invited. To see the kids faces as they saw Santa (Gil) sitting there welcoming them to come on over, was so touching! One child just kept saying "he's real, he's real", other children ran right up to him and threw their arms around him. Gil and I are so glad we were able to participate in this event, and we hope we will be invited back next year.
ThANKSGIVING..... GIVING THANKS.....
I am so very thankful for the support and donations you all have given. With out your support, I would still be sitting in an office cubicle answering phones - something I had done for 40 years. Your support allowed me to step out and experience the incredible feeling of giving back to the community by helping homeless animals. It truly is the best feeling to give of myself. So thank you very much. Wishing everyone a happy Thanksgiving. Your support has touched my heart and drives me onward!
YAY, let's celebrate! I am getting closer to my goal of 2600..... I am now at 2003 shelter / rescue animals photographed for the year. Just 600 more to go!
I feel like I am at mile 22 of a marathon and I need you guys to cheer me on for the last few miles. And, I am just $381 dollars from reaching my donation goal for the year.
Come on Team Dos Velas.... I need some cheerleaders!
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