An act of love can come in many shapes, forms and actions. For David Brown and Shutter the Wonder Mutt, an act of love comes in the form of providing for county dog shelters, rescue groups, and other non-profits all over the state of Ohio.
“We also support through donation drives and material contributions Veterans groups like Veterans in Transition, Senior organizations such as SALT (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together), and the Central Ohio Down Syndrome Association.” David shared.
Faces of Rescue began in May 2013, when David adopted his first rescue dog – a dog best known as Shutter. He adopted Shutter from a local rescue known as DASH.
Who knew that adopting Shutter would eventually spark into something special?
“One common thread I found throughout many of the shelters and rescue groups was the lack of good quality images of their adoptable dogs and cats. With no other resource available most relied on blurry cell phone images. As a professional photographer, I knew I had the knowledge and experience to provide them with something they were desperately in need of. I began volunteering and photographing dogs the very next day.” David explained the beginning of Faces of Rescue.
Since then, and with the help of his trusty partner Shutter, they currently support more than three dozen shelters and rescue groups throughout central and southern Ohio.
Faces of Rescue is 100% self-funded so that all the funds can go towards those who need it most. Everything is funded by David so that he can ensure that special four-legged friend finds the home it deserves!
“If a dog or cat gets adopted due to one of the images we provide then this, in turn, frees space and resources that enables one of the above groups to take in another, and another, and so on. This decreases the number of strays, helps decrease chances of possible euthanasia, and ensures the dog or cat finds a good and loving home.” David adds: “It’s an act of love really. The photos we take will be here long after we all are gone. And they will be someone’s most prized possessions. This is even more so with dogs whom live such short little lives to begin with. How many of us have lost a beloved pet or even a family member we now wish we had a good portrait of to remember them by. Our portraits are memories you can hold in your hands.”
Even though Faces of Rescue is self-funded, you can still show your support by visiting facesofrescue.org and checking out the Paypal donation button David has on his page – but David is not actively seeking public contributions.
“I have always been of a mind that if the public likes what we are doing they will be inclined to contribute. If not, then they should feel no obligation to do so,” he admits.
Other ways you can help Faces of Rescue is by checking out their Facebook page, share their photos, and spread awareness about their organization – and know that their organization is open to other groups who are in need.
“Homelessness, veterans groups, or other non-profits like the cancer society, etc. We want you to know our services are available to any group or organization dedicated to a common good.”
When it comes to helping those in need, getting the word out there through a beautiful portrait is David’s way of spreading the word.
“Awareness is key to any non-profit organization.” David closes.
You can reach Faces of Rescue at 740-497-8094, or visit their website at facesofrescue.org