Adoption photography is now a lot easier than it used to be.
A group of researchers at UC Berkeley has created a digital collection of nearly 300 photos of adoptable dogs and cats that includes more than 500 photos that show the puppies and kittens as a family.
Their new collection of photos includes nearly a dozen adopted animals from the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as dogs and kittens from San Diego and Las Vegas.
Adoption photos are a great way to document a pet’s development and show the person the loving home they deserve, said co-author of the study Dr. Jennifer C. Waddell.
This is a huge opportunity for the pet owner and the adopter, she said.
“These images are important because they give the adoptee the sense of ownership of their pet,” said Waddel, who is the director of the UC Berkeley Center for Dog Studies.
“They help us understand the human psyche and how that affects adoption decisions.
These photos can help pet owners make the best choice for their animal, and the best decision for their adoptees.”
These photographs can be used to support adoption efforts or to provide a home for an animal that is too sick to stay in the home they have,” she added.
The research was supported by the National Institutes of Health, and was made possible by grants from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the University of California and the Las Vegas Humane Society.
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