Animal Shelters and Rescue


“And how do you know that you’re mad?”
“To begin with,” said the Cat, “a dog’s not mad. You grant that?”
“I suppose so,” said Alice.
“Well then,” the Cat went on, “you see a dog growls when it’s angry, and wags its tail when it’s pleased. Now I growl when I’m pleased, and wag my tail when I’m angry. Therefore I’m mad.”
― Lewis Carroll,
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass


“Cleo”, Nikon D700, ISO 200, f/4 at 200mm, 1/100th sec

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The cat is the animal to whom the Creator gave the biggest eye, the softest fur, the most supremely delicate nostrils, a mobile ear, an unrivaled paw and a curved claw borrowed from the rose-tree.

This little cutie is Cali; we rescued each other back in May. Cali spent the last several years living on the roof of an abandoned Mexican restaurant on the side of a busy highway. She has abrasions on her corneas of unknown origin, but it doesn’t seem to have impacted her vision too badly. She’s a munchkin calico; she has a normal sized body with short little legs. She hasn’t quite gotten used to the thing that clicks and makes a bright flash of light, but she’s learning…

“Cali”, Nikon D800, ISO 900, f/5.6 at 1/250 sec., 300 mm

“Cali”, Nikon D800, ISO 900, f/5.6 at 1/250 sec., 300 mm

Photographing people, places, pets and ponderings
throughout Central Florida.

Spay the Strays

Today I thought I’d share another desktop wallpaper. This one was designed to help spread the word about a very important and worthy organization that operations locally called “Spay the Strays”. This volunteer organization helps feed and care for feral cat colonies throughout Osceola County, including medical services, spaying, neutering, fostering and finding homes for rescued kittens and adoptable feral cats. If you’d like to help with something even as simple as a cat food donation, please visit their website or Facebook page.

You can download this free HD wallpaper by reverse-clicking the image and choosing "Save Image..."

You can download this free HD wallpaper by reverse-clicking the image and choosing “Save Image…”


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throughout Central Florida.

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A Pink Spot Between Two Moons

“As anyone who has ever been around a cat for any length of time well knows, cats have enormous patience with the limitations of the human kind.”
– Cleveland Amory

The title is a reference to Cooper’s little pink nose and those big, moon-like eyes. Probably not what you were expecting…

"A Pink Spot Between Two Moons" [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 2500, f/2.2 at 1/200  sec., 85 mm

“A Pink Spot Between Two Moons” [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 2500, f/2.2 at 1/200 sec., 85mm
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Observable Social Behavior

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Government Specifications

An elephant is a mouse built to government specifications.
– Robert A. Heinlein speaking through his character “Lazarus Long”

Nikon D300, ISO 640, 1/160 sec at f/18, 200 mm


Please support your local no-kill animal shelter(s)
with volunteer efforts and donations.

Perhaps It’s Not Your Most Flattering Look

One of the things I really love about photographing cats is their unpredictability. They can go from nervous to calm faster than your top flash sync speed, but more often it’s the other direction they’re traveling. Cats – at least house cats, anyway – tend to flick their tongues in and out quite a bit when they are nervous. Often it is this action that lets me know I need to spend more time with the animal, ensuring we are comfortable together so I can get the shot I want.

As a result of my volunteer work photographing cats for the Humane Society of Utah, I have dozens of photos of cats with their tongues sticking out. I’m thinking that one day I’ll create a rather large collage out of them.

Nikon D200, ISO 200, 1/60 sec at f/2.8, 50 mm


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Happy Caturday!

There are lots and lots of cats and kittens at the community-funded Humane Society of Utah (4242 South 300 West, Murray, UT 84107). Here’s a small sampling of the furry friends waiting to share happiness in a forever home with you.

“Pepper”, Kennel 109, Animal ID A055879
Spend a few minutes and fall in love

“Thomas”, Kennel 125, Animal ID A054342
A big ball of love with a great personality

“Turtle”, Kennel 122, Animal ID A055774
One curious cool cat

“Toola Roola”, Kennel 116, Animal ID A056034
It was hard to put this one back in the kennel…

“Rob”, Kennel 132, Animal ID A054852
Not only super friendly but really beautiful, too

“Mr. Kit”, Kennel 115, Animal ID A055424
Great personality and really beautiful markings/coloring give this guy a lot of charm

“Jupiter”, Kennel 140, Animal ID A055964
A curious and cute little cuddler

“Conan”, Kennel 119, Animal ID A056093
A big orange talker


Regardless of where you live, please share this post with others to help find loving homes for these cats. You may know someone who knows someone who lives in Utah. The cats thank you for your help.

Mini Cooper

A kitten is, in the animal world, what a
rosebud is in the garden.

― Robert Sowthey

“Cooper”, Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/60 sec. at f/2.0, 50 mm

Looking for a kitten? Please visit your local shelter.


Refuge from the Misery of Life

There are two means of refuge from the misery of life –
music and cats.

– Albert Schweitzer

The Humane Society of Utah has some beautiful cats currently available for adoption. Here are just a few of the wonderful animals I photographed yesterday. If you are looking for a feline companion in the Salt Lake City, UT area, these guys would be so grateful if you’d come by and get acquainted.

Don’t shop; adopt!

Sebian, Kennel 108, Animal ID #A055175
This boy loves to love ya, baby! And who can resist those beautiful blue eyes?

Abbie has beautiful coloring, personality, and is waiting for you in Kennel 113. Her animal ID is A054997.

“Loki” must translate to “sweet” in this case, because this little one is more of a lover than a trickster. You can find Loki in kennel 106. Her animal ID is A026666.

Thomas didn’t want his picture taken; he just wanted to lay in my lap and snuggle! He’ll snuggle with you, too, when you stop by kennel 125 to say hello. His animal ID is A054342.

Please forgive me for getting personal for a moment, but I’d like to ask for your prayers for my grandmother, Phyllis, who is 99. While I was taking the photos used in today’s post, I learned she had fallen and broken her hip and shoulder after apparently suffering a heart attack. She is in hospital in critical condition, facing surgery today. Thank you and God bless!


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Pride is Humane

Today marks the last post in this week’s series from the 2012 Utah Pride parade and festival (if you’ve missed them, start here). It is, therefore, with great pride that I devote today’s post to the wonderful staff and volunteers at the Humane Society of Utah and their presence and participation.

My regular readers know of my commitment to working with HSU to promote pet adoptions and serve adoptable pets through my photography. There are so many ways you can help, too – and many of them don’t require your valuable  time! Please contact or visit HSU to find out what you can do to help.

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.
― Mother Teresa

Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.
― Stephen R. Covey


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