Cost: $75.00 "The State of Dogs" is an 18"x24" beautiful color
photograph printed on photo paper and ready for framing.

Shipping in US only: Photo protected in plastic sleeve
and shipped in a tube to prevent damage.

This flag represents some of the 1000+ dogs photographed at Coachella Valley Animal Campus (CVAC) in Thousand Palms, CA, during an 18-month period. Of the 7.6 million companion animals that enter animal shelters nationwide annually, 2.7 million of them are euthanized.

Thousands of dogs end up at shelters. The lucky ones are returned to their owners, many are adopted, others are grateful to be saved by rescues, but too many are killed because of time and space. Time and space is a term used by shelters meaning that the shelter isn’t able to devote any more “time” to finding a home for this animal and “space” because they need open kennels for the onslaught of incoming dogs.

This photo is a representation of the types of dogs you will find at every city or county shelter. You will find big, small, young, and old and a variety of breeds with 25% of them purebreds. Great dogs, loving dogs, the best dogs in the world are at shelters.

All the dogs in this photo were categorized by the shelter as “adoptable” meaning they were suitable and acceptable for public adoption and could be photographed and placed on the public website. Yet, 42 of these “adoptable” dogs in the photo were euthanized.

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Why? Adoptable dogs are reclassified with “untreatable behavioral issues, or untreatable medical issues.” You have to ask how a dog can be adoptable one day and then deteriorate so drastically within the next few days causing them to be put to death. Sadly, adoptable dogs die due to time and space. This flag is in remembrance of every dog at the shelter that deserved a chance to find a home, but died because of human negligence, ignorance and the shelter’s inability to find homes for these adoptable dogs. There is enough blame for everyone.

Simple things you can do:
1) Spay or neuter your pet.
2) Microchip your pet so they can be safely returned to you; the fewer animals going into the shelter, results in fewer that are euthanized.
3) Unless you are moving to Mars, recognize that you are committing to your pet for its lifetime.
4) With all of the great dogs at the shelter, there is no reason to ever buy from a pet store.

A portion of all proceeds from “The State of Dogs” print sales will be donated to animal welfare groups in the Coachella Valley (Palm Springs area).

Cost: $75.00 "The State of Dogs" is an 18"x24" beautiful color photograph printed on photo paper and ready for framing. Included is the above statement.

Shipping in US only: Photo protected in plastic sleeve and shipped in a tube to prevent damage.

A portion of all proceeds from “The State of Dogs” print sales will be donated to animal welfare groups in the Coachella Valley (Palm Springs, CA area).

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janetI have been photographing since film and darkroom was the standard, or what is known as a very long time. My extensive technical knowledge has made the transisition to digital easy and allowed me to flourish and create spectcular images.

I love photographing shelter animals and have been doing this for almost 15 years. There isn't a dog, cat, rabbit or rooster that hasn't fallen under my animal loving charm and posed most times politely. Shelter animals are especially challenging considering the stress, fear and anxiety that they live in. A little love and patience goes a long way to capture these sweet souls with hopes a good photo will find them a home.

I'm living in Palm Desert now after 25+ years in Los Angeles and a few in Denver and have volunteered at shelters in all of these areas. There are so many similarities to city/county shelters.Too many dogs and cats, lack of spay/neuter enforcement, human neglect, failure of shelters.

The proceeds from these sales will go to the groups and inviduals who pull animals from the shelter, or find them on the side of the road and rescue free animals from Craiglist. Thank you for your support. I have to say, this is one of my most favorite photo and creating it was not what I was expecting as a result. When I went back and realized how many adoptable dogs were killed, their lasting image means more to me that I thought.

To reach me: janet@ladedogphotography.com
Check out my website: www.janetlitton.com