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Photographer captures pit bulls in floral crowns to help boost adoption

If you’ve ever wondered how to make a dog cuter, here’s the answer: flower crowns.

Award-winning photographer and animal activist Sophie Gamand is fighting for animal rights in a very elegant and quirky way.

Gamand takes pictures of pit bulls wearing floral crowns to show that this misunderstood breed can be lovely as any other. She hopes that through these photos people will see the pups in a different light, and in the process, adopt them.

***ADOPTED*** CALIFORNIA, RIVERSIDE: Riverside County Department of Animal Services is a high intake cluster of shelters with tons of awesome doggies waiting for a chance! If they are not adopted or pulled by rescue groups, the pit bull-type dogs are usually given about 30 days (because of the incredibly high volume of dogs that come in). If you know someone local looking for a furry companion, please consider Riverside! They do great work to ensure they place as many dogs as possible. This #PitBullFlowerPower cutie is 1342920 and he is about 5 year old. If you are in CA near Riverside (Jurupa Valley) and are interested in adopting a dog, all you have to do is come over and meet pets! You may call the shelter at 951-358-7387, visit their website (www.rcdas.org), or email them (shelterinfo@rivco.org). . #adoptdontshop #photographysaveslives #ordoesit #PitBullFlowerPower #PitBullFlowerPowerCA

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According to Gamand’s website, “America euthanizes upward of 1,000,000 pit bull-type dogs every year. It’s a quiet massacre. These dogs make people uncomfortable, which has led the country to be faced with a major pit bull crisis.”

MIAMI, FL: meet #pitbullflowerpower Hercules from @miamianimalserv! I don't have more info about this gorgeous boy, but if he wore a #flowercrown, you know he is a sweet boy!! His ID is #A1849618. If you are interested in adopting Hercules or one of his shelter mates, Visit Miami Dade Animal Services at 3599 NW 79 Avenue, email: pets@miamidade.gov or visit www.miamidade.gov/animals/adopt-a-pet.asp. . #pitbullflowerpower #pitbullflowerpowerFL #adoptdontshop #photographysaveslives #sophiegamand #miami @urgentdogsofmiami @themotherofdogs

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It’s absolutely heartbreaking once you see the images the photographer has captured. The dogs are clearly extremely loveable.

MIAMI, FL: long timer alert! Zeus arrived at @miamianimalserv in December! He needs out asap. He is about 3 years old and friendly. His ID is #A1833982. Visit Miami Dade Animal Services at 3599 NW 79th Ave in Doral, FL. MDAS is open Mon-Fri 10am-6:30pm & Sat-Sun 10am-4pm. Check their website www.miamidade.gov/animals/adopt-a-pet.asp, or email: pets@miamidade.gov for more info. You can also contact @urgentdogsofmiami, they can help you get Zeus out! . . #pitbullflowerpower #pitbullflowerpowerFL #urgentdogsofmiami #adoptdontshop #photographysaveslives #sophiegamand #flowercrown

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Get on board now. You can do your part by hash-tagging #PitbullFlowerPower. Or better yet, adopt one now at your local shelter.

Thank you everyone who shared and donated! We did it! We raised the 5.5K that were missing for Kyla's surgery. 🙌 I haven't heard from the rescue yet but my understanding is that Kyla has an appointment for early May (the specialist didn't have anything sooner). And she is on a wait list too! Things are looking better for this nugget! 💃🏻 She will be up for adoption soon too! Kyla's #pitbullflowerpower portrait is now available in my store on prints and merchandise! Check the link in my bio! 😘💚 . @reboundhounds #pawitforward #wedidit #photographysaveslives #pitbullflowerpower #sophiegamand

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If everything ends now, at least I know there was beauty once. . . The universe has been kicking me – and many people I know – in the butt lately. It's hard not to fall deep into questioning and self-doubt. There is what the soul wants, and there is the reality of our lives. There are the dreams and there are the many obstacles. You can achieve as much as you can, the critic and the demons always lurk in the shadows. For all the hopeful days, it only takes a second for things to feel like they're falling apart. It's exhausting, and pursuing those dreams feels like a Sisyphean task. 🌘

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I haven't been posting a lot lately, sorry!! I am working on HUGE things, which I will start announcing soon. So I am just trying not to lose my mind 😬 And I'll leave this gem up here for now 😬😁😁😁 #pitbullflowerpower (This was a senior cutie from @fultonanimalservices who was adopted a while back! @susiesseniordogs)

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Had the pleasure recently to photograph Isaboo in a #pitbullflowerpower crown! Mommy @rachaelray jumped in for a quick shot. Thank you Rachael & Isaboo for all you do for the homeless doggies with Rachael's Rescues! And thanks for today's shout-out 😍🙌 . #Repost @rachaelray ・・・ Save the date! My amazing + talented friend @SophieGamand is bringing her #pitbullflowerpower exhibit to the @RussellFineArt Gallery in Austin, TX! Sophie's photos feature shelter pit bulls wearing flower crowns and have helped countless pups get adopted. The exhibit opens April 1st and you can meet Sophie on Sat, April 8th, from 5-8PM, which is also #DogFightingAwarenessDay. A percentage of sales from the exhibit benefits @AustinPetsAlive.

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