No, not the movie. 300 is the number of individual animals that I have photographed at the Humane Society of Chittenden County since January. 305 animals, to be exact. I estimate around 13,000 shutter clicks and countless treats. I patted myself on the back at 100 and didn’t even think about it as I whizzed by 200, but this milestone has made me think about all the kind cats, dogs, and little furries that I’ve met at the shelter.

I absolutely love spending Thursday mornings there with Ian as my cat whisperer and Amanda as my dog wrangler. I may be the one clicking the shutter, but they both deserve a lot of respect. They both have a great sense of humor, enormous skill and, above all, patience with both me and the animals. Thank you both.

I’ve included some of my favorite portraits from the “first 305″ for your enjoyment. I don’t have much in the way of text tonight. I’m just taking a step backwards, so to speak, to reflect and remember all the animals who have paused in front of my lens and left paw prints on my heart.

Peace and Furballs,
Anonymous - August 21, 2009 - 8:25 pm

Paws-ed in front of your lens, eh? :-)


Anonymous - August 22, 2009 - 4:53 am

Congrats on 300, and great picks for the blog!

Anonymous - August 23, 2009 - 8:21 am

Great shots Kelly!! You certainly capture the critters personality and fun/funny side. The old hound pic brought tears to my eyes and heart, I desperatly hope the old soul found a home…
Thanks for doing what you do, it's ssooooo much better then the old click and post photos that shelters have had to rely on to find these animals good LIFE LONG homes!
Kudos to you my friend!
Kelly Q

Dave Burke - October 7, 2009 - 8:30 pm


Just wanted to say how much I enjoy and appreciate your work at the Humane Society. I bring up the doggie page twice a week, even though I know it's usually updated on Tuesdays. I also stop by the society often to see them in person.

Your photos always capture the best in these dogs and improve each of their chances of adoption because of it.

Really beautiful photos. Thank you so much.


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