In my travels and work around the world, I've been privileged to meet many exceptionally selfless individuals who have sacrificed greatly to help those in need. It has always been important to me to give back to these communities, whether through donation of time, images, or money, or simply by helping raise awareness for their work. Here is a small selection of those wonderful people and organizations. I have also recently become a member of HeARTs Speak, a global organization that pairs artists with local animal shelters to help raise their profile.
WVS care for dogs, chiang mai, thailand
I first visited Care for Dogs in July 2012 when I produced a documentary photo story highlighting how the team helps local Monks look after the hundreds of dogs that live in the many Temples around town, and their care and treatment of around 200 residents at their shelter. During that visit, I met a Temple dog, whom I named Peanut, who was suffering from a terrible sexually transmitted tumor. The team was able to safely capture, successfully treat, and then release Peanut back to his daily life. As of January 2017, Peanut continues to enjoy his life thanks to the the wonderful team at Care for Dogs.
ADOPT-A-DOG INC, ARMONK, NY, USA
After recently relocating to the USA, I was keen to find and support local charities helping dogs and animals in need. One of those is Adopt-a-Dog in Armonk, NY, which does a wonderful job rescuing, rehabilitating, and rehoming dozens of dogs each year. The team focuses on behavioral training and enriching the lives of their residents to give them the best chance of finding their forever home as quickly and successfully as possible. Professional photos can go a long way in helping attract potential adopters - and who could resist spending a day cuddling and photographing these cuties?
I spent a week in 2013 documenting daily life at 4PAWS, a no kill animal rescue center run by retired German expat, Barbara Janssen. At that time, there were 250+ dogs in residence, many of them whose age or disability made them less likely to be adopted. Today, Barbara and her volunteers care for more than 600 dogs, many of those are puppies whose mothers were unable to care for them on the streets, dogs who were abandoned by their owners, or those injured in road accidents and left to die from severe wounds. They rely solely on donations of time, money, and food to care for these helpless animals.