Did You Know You Could Use Your Cube Camera to Help Rescued Animals?
As an animal lover, you want to make sure that every animal is cared for and part of a happy family. But, sometimes it can be difficult to convince people to open their homes and their hearts. This is where you and your Polaroid Cube come in.
Finding Loving Homes for Every Animal
Every minute of the day, there are fifty dogs and cats born in the U.S. While many of these are wanted animals born into loving homes, there are six to eight million animals that enter shelters every year. Only about half of those will find forever homes.
And, this can mean shelters that are overcrowded with animals. The amount of space and funds that would be needed to care for every shelter animal indefinitely would be astronomical. The answer is to get as many of these prospective pets as possible into forever homes.
An animal is often its own best advocate. Photos and videos of rescue animals looking for permanent places to live can touch people’s hearts and do the job of wooing them and bringing them in. Many rescue organizations are constantly seeking volunteers; their own staff may not be adequate to get attractive and compelling pictures of every single animal who they want to place. By bringing your Cube down and using it as a cat and dog camera for a day, you can capture each animal’s best features and create a listing that showcases the best parts of its personality.
Should You Work with a General Shelter or a Breed-Specific Rescue?
Many people who are drawn to a specific breed will think first of a breed specific rescue organization. And, these can be a boon to people who are passionate about those specific breeds. There are a number of breeds that have issues that especially affect that breed of dog. Pitbulls, for instance, are perceived as more aggressive, which can make them more difficult to place. Pitbull rescues help these dogs find homes when they may have trouble in a general animal rescue shelter. Greyhound rescues often work especially with retired race dogs and help new owners deal with these dogs’ possible health issues. Great dane rescue organizations became popular after movies like Scooby Doo made the dogs, which have special needs regarding space and training, a more common pet option.
But, general animal shelters also have a lot of benefits. The Humane Society estimates that about one quarter of pets that are in animal shelters are purebreds. If having a purebred animal, with or without papers, is a priority, a general animal shelter can still be a good bet. Plus, animal shelters have many other animals besides the usual cats and dogs.
Both types of organization have a large part to play in animal rescue efforts. And, by using your Cube to photograph animals and to educate the public, you can increase the chances that someone will head to a shelter or rescue group for their next pet instead of going straight to a breeder or a pet store.
Getting Lost Cats and Dogs Home
No matter how careful pet owners are, sometimes pets get out and get lost. A cat that is not accustomed to the outdoors may sneak out and be gone for hours before anyone realizes. A dog may get out of the yard and start following an interesting scent and wind up miles from home. Plus, holidays like Halloween and Independence Day can be scary for pets and can cause them to flee from home.
About 600,000 pets are reclaimed from shelters every year. Many more are returned home privately through photos shared online. Most towns and cities have Facebook groups dedicated to pet rescues and local exchanges, and these can be key in getting an animal home.
Your Polaroid Cube gives you the opportunity to take a quick photo and upload it quickly to your Facebook, Instagram or other social media account. By using this pet camera to take pictures of a found animal and then sharing them in your social networks, you can help reunite a loved pet with a worried family.
The Best Ways to Photograph Animals
Your Cube camera is the perfect tool for photographing animals. With its small size and its high definition photos and video, you can capture every animal to its best advantage. But, it can take a few tips and tricks to get the shots that will show how lively and attractive the dog or cat is and help that animal find a new home.
The best photographs are taken in natural light. If the animal rescue has an outdoor area or a well-lit room with a large window, use that to take the animal pictures. If you don’t have access to such a room, see if you can get full spectrum light bulbs to light the area.
Focus on the eyes. These allow people to form a connection with the animal. Call to the dog or cat to get its attention. You can also use a squeaky toy to get the animal to look your way.
Get down on their level. Instead of shooting the animal from overhead, go head and crawl on the floor to get at animal level. The Cube is very lightweight, making it the perfect cat camera for crawling around and getting that perfect shot.
Think about the actions and scenes that will catch that animal’s personality best. An older, lazy cat may be best captured by a picture that shows her stretching or yawning. A playful kitten can be best showcased in a photo that shows him playing with a favorite bell or piece of string. A few seconds of video can also be a great way to see the animal in action and give a better sense of its character.
Pack plenty of toys, treats and things that make intriguing noises. You can, for instance, play a short video with bird or squirrel sounds to make a cat look around curiously. Whistling may surprise a dog and get him to perk up his ears and look your way.
Make sure that you allow plenty of time with each animal. You may need to visit an animal more than once to get an ideal portrait of this prospective pet. Be patient and allow each animal time to show off their best characteristics.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. A few carefully composed pictures captured with your Polaroid Cube can be worth an animal’s life. Use yours to help rescues find a place where they can fit in perfectly with just the right home for them.