Black Dogs and Cats Never Get Adopted – Photographer Changes People’s Perception of Black Shelter Pets Through Beautiful Portraits

Emma O’Brien is a special woman, a hero who looks up for dogs in need. Her latest dog photography project is called ‘Black Series’. She aims to help misunderstood dogs and cats of black hair to find happiness through adoption. A troublesome statistics show black animals are unwanted, and last to be picked from the shelters. It’s often that euthanasia is the fate they see before finding their forever family. Award-winning photographer, Emma says: “there seem to be four major reasons that black dogs and cats are last on the list for potential adoptees – firstly, they don’t photograph well (I think these images disprove that point), secondly, black dogs can look intimidating and aggressive, thirdly, black cats are superstitiously unlucky (or should that be stupid-stitiously) and lastly, they are a bit plain and boring to look at. What. Evs.” Obviously, this entire project has a goal of proving that black dogs and cats are far from boring. All of these animals got adopted, as a result of beautiful portraits by Emma. Her witty descriptions added humor and helped people see true charisma of animals much easier. Emma has also published a book about shelter dogs, and she continues to do everything in her power to help shelter pets to receive much deserving attention and love. “Changing perceptions amongst potential adopters as well as using clever ‘marketing’ tools to make them stand out seems to be the key. Also, the general public (worldwide) needs to be educated about the sterilization of pets to reduce the number of unwanted critters running around. Potential dog owners also need encouragement to adopt. All the shelter pet parents I talk to who have bought a dog or cat previously tell me that they will never, ever buy a dog again because their rescued friend has changed their life for the better.” Visit Emma’s official website, Facebook, and Instagram.


– Judgemental as all hell. Found living under a trailer but is in no way trashy. –


– Only wears Gucci. Anxiously waiting for a Net-A-Porter delivery that’s taking forever to arrive. –


– As crazy as she looks. Once used a set of toddlers as skittles. Claims it was a total accident. –



– An enthusiastic advocate for the legalization of The Nip. Might have had some before the shoot. –


– Celebrated her tenth birthday just before the shoot. Her official age, however, is four and a half. She’s waiting for an appointment with her stylist. –


– Lost his eye whilst on a secret mission for MI5. Keeps requesting a monetary allowance for a diamond-encrusted patch. Keeps being denied. Has put in an order with Cartier and is going to expense it. –


– Has a fetish for sitting on velvet chairs. His tongue isn’t the only thing he lets hang out. –



– Didn’t stop talking throughout the shoot. Also has paint on her ear. Also fired. –


– Insisted on a head shot only because he’s still trying to get bikini ready. –


– Small. Cute. Master manipulator. –


– Pronounced ‘D’ ‘O’ “double G’ as in Snoop. Impossibly cool. Fan of hip hop. –



– Weighs 50kg, thinks she’s a lap dog. Can take out a couch once she breaks into a gentle trot. –


– Slightly needy, snorer of note. Sheds so much that her mom now dresses like Batman. –


– Raised by a cat. Has a full repartee of witty one-liners. Won’t wait to be invited to use them. –

Maya The Mexican

– Won’t make eye contact until you’ve downed four tequila shots and said ‘Xoloitzcuintli’ correctly. Good luck. –
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