Los Angeles-based photographer Casey Elise shows us that puppies aren’t the only ones who are cute and worth adopting. Senior dogs are too.
In her series for the West Los Angeles Animal Shelter, Elise uses peanut butter to coax old canines to strike their most playful poses and show glimpses of their youth. The dogs can be seen reaching for the peanut butter with their tongues, while a glimmer of excitement shines in their eyes.
It’s incredibly cute, to say the least.
According to Elise, she started the project two years ago to help cats – mostly ‘unadoptables’ like felines blind or colour black – get adopted. Now she’s helping other ‘unadoptables’, such as senior dogs.
“I think photos of cats with their tongues out are endearing and make the animal stand out on a website full of photos of cats looking kind of scared or sad in a cage so I knew I wanted to do the same thing for dogs,” she told Lost At E Minor.
She added: “I chose senior dogs because they often have a difficult time getting adopted due to their age and health issues. I wanted to take photos of them looking silly and making funny faces to show that they have a lot of life left in them and are still plenty of fun of to be around.
“I have two dogs of my own who love peanut butter and I photograph them eating it and making crazy faces often so I decided to do that with shelter pups.”
For the shoot, Elise used a Nikon D-800 and a 35mm lens. She also had a friend assist in feeding and making sure the canines stayed still.
She’s now planning on capturing senior cats from Milo’s Sanctuary to give them the attention, and more importantly, the love they deserve.
“So many senior animals end up in the shelter – often when their owner passes away or due to their declining health – and it upsets me every time because I want them to be spoiled rotten for the rest of their lives. I hope my photos inspire people to adopt senior pets and give them the love they deserve.”
You can find out how to adopt these lovable senior dogs from West Los Angeles Shelter here.