Dos Velas Images saving lives 1 click at a time

Dos Velas Images saving lives 1 click at a time

From Kelly Vela

A picture is worth a 1000 lives. We would like to provide no cost professional photography services to City & County animal shelters to get their animals adopted quicker.

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Update #42

5 months ago

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!

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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.

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Kelly Vela posted a new update:
5 months ago

Update #47

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!

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Kelly Vela posted a new update:
6 months ago

Update #46

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!

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Kelly Vela posted a new update:
11 months ago

Update #44

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!

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Kelly Vela posted a new update:
over 1 year ago

Update #43

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

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Kelly Vela posted a new update:
over 1 year ago

Update #42

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:
MVAS 639
RCDAS 710
FAAR 643
Priceless Pets 239
MSR 52
Kitty Devore 2
Gena's Felines 45
So. Cal Siamese 1
FurFriends 6
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!
Kelly Vela

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Kelly Vela posted a new update:
over 1 year ago

Update #41

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.

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Kelly Vela posted a new update:
over 1 year ago

Update #40

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!

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Kelly Vela posted a new update:
over 1 year ago

Update #39

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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Kelly Vela posted a new update:
over 1 year ago

Update #38

Are you the one???

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Kelly Vela posted a new update:
over 1 year ago

Update #37

What you are doing is not nearly as important as how you feel about what you are doing. - Unknown

Thank you everyone for your support!

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Kelly Vela posted a new update:
over 1 year ago

Update #36

Remember me Thursday is coming this Thursday......

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Kelly Vela posted a new update:
over 1 year ago

Update #35

Let's celebrate National Dog Day with some Friday frivolity !
Thank you for choosing to support the shelter project, "A picture is worth a thousand lives"
---kelly

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Kelly Vela posted a new update:
over 1 year ago

Update #34

Will be at Riversides Arts Walk in downtown tonight. Please come on by and say hello, buy some art and enjoy the evening! We will be at the Life Arts Building on the corner of Lemon & University upstairs in Studio 36. The event is FREE and from 6-9pm. Free parking after 5pm
Hope to see you there!

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Kelly Vela posted a new update:
almost 2 years ago

Update #33

Just a quick note.... I'm so excited! I'm actually super excited! As of today, for this year, in 90 days I have photographed 1201 shelter/rescue animals! I am so sure now that I will hit 2600 by the end of the year.
Thank you to EVERYONE that has and is supporting my shelter project. You are keeping me going. You are saving animals one click at a time!
Thank you so much!
kelly

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Kelly Vela posted a new update:
almost 2 years ago

Update #32

The latest update!
As you know, last year I photographed 1300 shelter animals, and this year I have set my goal to be 2600 shelter animals. I needed to get pretty close to my half way mark by June. As of today, I have photographed in 82 days --- 1057 shelter animals! Woo hoo! Thanks to all of you who have supported my shelter project! Thank you to my helpers/assistants/creative directors/animal wranglers! Thank you to shelter staff & rescue organizations who helped me get the animals lined up for photos. I know 2600 is a big number for just one person, but I feel confident with the support of all of you, I am not alone and we can get it done by the end of the year!! So, thank you again and let's go take some snapshots.

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Kelly Vela posted a new update:
almost 2 years ago

Update #31

Your gift of any size will help keep me photographing at no charge to shelters & rescues. Depending on the amount of animals to be photographed, I can spend anywhere from 1 hour to 4 hours at a location and then return to the office to edit & size the images for the shelters websites. This process can take another 4 hours. Shelters do not have it in their budget to pay for this service. That's where I need you. Thank you for considering my shelter project!

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Kelly Vela posted a new update:
almost 2 years ago

Update #30

Thanks for supporting my campaign! It means a lot to have your encouragement. And I thank you for donating in the past. I’ll keep you updated on the progress of my campaign. I have totally overhauled our website dosvelas.com and it now has a blog. You can read the blog a t http://www.dosvelas.com/#!blog/c1rpo

If you’re able to give, I would deeply appreciate your contribution. Any amount makes a difference!

Lastly, it would be great to have your help in spreading the word. Let your friends know about this campaign by sending them to this page: https://fundly.com/dos-velas-images

Thanks in advance!
kelly

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Kelly Vela posted a new update:
almost 2 years ago

Update #29

Every once in a while, not very often... I get a puppy or kitten that just doesn't want their photo taken. This morning was one of those days. Two sister pups. One took a great, quick photo. The other.... not so much. Probably spent 30 minutes trying to get her to sit still and "enjoy" the flashing light. Finally got her to pose really good, and her sister decides to photobomb the session!
#bestjobever, #lovemyjob

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Kelly Vela posted a new update:
almost 2 years ago

Update #28

We just started photographing for a rabbit rescue in Riverside! What better way to spend the morning..... photographing bunnies, kittens and puppies!
Because of your donations I am able to photograph and create portraits that get these animals noticed & placed quicker.
Thank you ALL for your donations!

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Kelly Vela posted a new update:
about 2 years ago

Update #27

When executives are looking for jobs, they get a professional head shot for their resume. When shelter dogs are looking for potential homes, they get a head shot also!
Your donation to the shelter project keeps this service free for shelters & 501c rescues. Saving lives one click at a time! THANK YOU

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