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Photo assistance spotlights shelter animals

Special to
L’Observateur

LULING — St. Charles Parish Animal Shelter is putting its best face forward with the help of the Shelter Art Foundation.

Animal Control employees and shelter volunteers recently took part in a photography workshop sponsored by the Foundation about the technical side of creating a great, first photographic impression of shelter animals.

The photos — taken on a simple white backdrop — aim to capture a creature’s personality.

“It has been demonstrated that better photos equal higher adoption rates,” Animal Control Supervisor Angie Robert said.

“The vast majority of adopters first become interested in a particular animal because of a photo, either in print or online. We want our adoptable animals to shine. They all deserve great homes.”

The Shelter Art Foundation also donated $500 worth of equipment, including a professional backdrop and studio lighting.

Parish government supported the effort by purchasing a suitable digital camera for staff use.

To see the photos, visit the shelter on Facebook at facebook.com/scpanimalshelter. For more information about the Animal Shelter and its adoptable pets, visit stcharlesparish-la.gov/animalcontrol. 

The adoption fee is $80, which includes boosters, rabies vaccination, de-worming, spaying or neutering, flea/tick control and microchipping.

The shelter is open for adoptions Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The shelter is also open the first and third Saturdays of each month between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.